WGS 345 • Women and Lit, 17th-19th Cen
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
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.