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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2007

E 379S • Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Literary Marketplace (Senior Seminar)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36144 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
par 105

Course Description

During the nineteenth century, two new phenomena developed in the United States: the concept of the professional female author and the existence of a literary mass market. This course will examine how conceptions of female authorship developed over the course of this century, especially in relation to the new market division between "high" and low literary forms. To do this, we'll read women's popular novels and relevant critical and theoretical works, especially highlighting debates about the literary status of these novels, their relationship to developing conceptions of capitalism and consumer culture, and the position of the woman author between public and private spheres.

Grading Policy

10% One response paper
10% Mid-term essay exam
10% Class participation
70% 12-15-page research paper (including proposal and annotated bibliography)


Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Fern, Ruth Hall
Warner, The Wide, Wide World
Wilson, Our Nig
Southworth, The Hidden Hand
Alcott, Little Women
Course Copy packet


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