WGS 345 • WOMEN AND LIT, 17TH-19TH CEN
In this course, we will think about how women's writing between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries developed in relation to the British literary "canon". We will look at how some early modern women writers found their voices by opposing male authorship; and how on the other hand, Daniel Defoe's mock female autobiography of Moll Flanders appropriates a female voice. This course will require students to develop close reading skills and introduce them to a variety of critical methodologies to analyze texts belonging to various genres (poetry, essay, fiction). We will also explore cultural influences and their impact upon these writers and their works.
Lady Mary Wroth, a selection of sonnets from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus Margaret Cavendish, The Blazing World (to be read alongside with Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis); and a selection of poems. Aphra Behn, Oroonoko ; and a selection of poems. Mary Astell, A Serious Proposal to the Ladies Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders Mary Wollstonecraft, selections from Vindications of the Rights of Woman Mary Shelley, Frankenstein Jane Austen, Mansfield Park