Undergraduate English Courses
358:343 Nineteenth Century American Fiction
01 TTH4 CAC 19706 LIPPERINI FH-A1
Odd, Single, and New:
“The Woman Question” and Nineteenth-Century American Literature
What roles have women and the female imaginary played in U.S. cultural formation? What kinds of formal and generic literary experimentations took place as the nineteenth-century progressed? How have authors used fiction to think through the capacities and limitations of women’s lives?
The residents of nineteenth-century America witnessed rapid changes in the literary, social, and cultural fabric of their nation. One such development was the emergence of the bicycle-riding, bloomer-wearing, cigarette-smoking New Woman!
Examining women’s place in U.S. letters, culture, and politics from 1850-1910 in American literature, this course explores fiction in various literary styles and genres – sentimental, slave narrative, realist, magazine fiction, to name a few. It covers a broad range of themes understood through the lens of gender, such as: slavery, poverty, class struggle, race, sexuality, labor, religion, citizenship, marriage, body image, and health.
Requirements: writing projects, weekly quizzes, midterm and final, field trip to the Zimmerli Art Museum!