E f370W • Reading Women Writers
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Women were not admitted to British universities until the late nineteenth century, and from the Middle Ages forward the question of whether or not women should have access to literacy and education was a central cultural concern. Nonetheless, throughout British literary history women have found ways to read and write, shaping the history of English literature in important ways. In this course, we will examine the work of women novelists and ask whether texts by women constitute a "tradition" of their own or whether they comment on or enlarge the better-known tradition of writing by men.
Because this course is an introduction to literary study, students can expect that this course will help them acquire the skills of cultural analysis that allow us to understand the ways in which form shapes ideology, and the ways in which gender has played a role in determining the development of English literary genres.
Two 4-page essays 20%
Five quizzes 50%
A final examination 30%
Eliza Haywood, Love in Excess
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit