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

Fall 2005

E 395M • American Women's Writing to 1830

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33735 M
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
par 304

Course Description

This course surveys the literary presence of women in the Americas from the seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries. Our readings will include poems, narratives, essays, and novels by Native American, Anglo-American, African-American, and Latin American women, as well as supporting historical and theological documents and secondary literary-critical essay. Issues to be considered include the construction of gender in early America, impacts of colonialism on the construction of gender in tribal, African-American, and Anglo-American cultures, women's roles in colonialism and early nationalism, women and religious authority, cross-dressing and transgression, and the politics of sentiment.


The Great Binding Law of the Iroquois

Selected Native American narratives-Laguna Pueblo, Cherokee, Iroquois

History of the Miraculous Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531 Catalina de Erauso, Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, La Repuesta and Poems

Anne Bradstreet, The Tenth Muse (1650)

Documents from the Antinomian Controversy

Mary Rowlandson, Narrative of the Captivity (1682)

Narratives of the Salem Witch Trials (1692)

Sarah Kemble Knight, Journal (1702)

Jane Fenn Hoskens, Life and Sufferings of that Faithful Servant (1771)

Phillis Wheatley, Poems (1773)

Elizabeth Ashbridge, Some Account of the Forepart of the Life (1774)

Judith Sargent Murray, Essays (1784 - 1794)

Abigail Adams, Letters (1770 - 1780)

Poems by Lucy Terry, Sarah Wentworth Morton, Mercy Otis Warren

Sarah Wentworth Morton, Ouabi (1790)

Susanna Rowson, Charlotte Temple (1794)

Hannah Foster, The Coquette (1797)

Mary Jemison, A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison (1824)

Lydia Maria Child, Hobomok and Other Writings on Indians (1824)

Excerpts from William Apess, Experiences of Five Christian Indians (1824)

Maria Sedgwick, Hope Leslie (1827)

Maria Stewart, Essays and Speeches (1831 - 1833)

Jarena Lee, The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee (1836)


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