Fall 2017 Undergraduate English Courses: Special Topics
358:206 Introduction to Literary Studies
02 TTH4 CAC 17010 VALENZUELA, A. FH-A1
Women and Modernity: Modernism, Citizenship, Authorship
This course explores how women’s writing of the early 20th century addressed the conditions of modernity that redefined the possibilities available to them as authors and citizens. We will consider how women addressed the questions raised by the radical transformation of traditional society, touching on a number of topics in their writing. These topics include: an evolving feminist ethics; modernism (formal experimentation) and the nature of authorship; modernity (technological disruption, world war, mass migration); women’s rights and citizenship (voting rights); and the intersections of race, gender, and class. We will ask, what does it mean for a woman to be both an author and a citizen in a time of great social and artistic upheaval? How did modernity impact women differently around the world, including in the U.S. and Britain? And how did women write their experiences of change, disruption, and continuity through the lens of the nation, empire, class, and race? Possible authors include but are not limited to Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, and Djuna Barnes. Readings may include novels, short stories, and non-fiction writing.