Fall 2022 Undergraduate English Courses

358:337 Nineteenth Century Women Writers

01   CAC   TF1    07909    KING   SC-206

Bernard Shaw believed that most nineteenth-century women wanted nothing more than to get married. This course will attempt to prove him wrong.

We will examine women novelists, poets, and social critics of nineteenth-century England who were themselves evidence against Shaw’s dim view of women and who created literary heroines to reflect and advance the changing role of women in both the domestic and public spheres. We will explore the role of women in nineteenth-century life and in nineteenth-century literature, and the ways in which this critical period for the emergence of women novelists continues to influence writers of today.

Our reading list will include works from Jane Austen, Anne Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Gaskell, Edith Wharton, and others, and the requirements for the course will include two papers, an exam, weekly writing assignments, and participation in class discussions.