Women and Literature: Early Modern Women Writers

Course Number: ENGL 114EM
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General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 114AA-ZZ
Quarter: Fall 2010
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: PSYCH 1902

This course will explore the idea and history of “women’s writing” in relation to the early modern print market and notions about publicity, domesticity, professionalism, and educational privilege that are still with us today. We will read poetry, fiction, prose, drama, and letters by 17th- and 18th-c. writers, including Astell, Behn, Finch, Montagu, Philips, and Scott, along with current scholarship on these writers and their contexts.

Individual seminars will focus on representations of the female body and codes of femininity; female communities and utopias; satiric representations of women; debates on female education and authorship; the "consumer revolution"; and literary canon formation (who decides what is worth reading?) -- then and now.

This is an Early Modern Studies Specialization course.