Women and Literature

4:00p-5:15p TR (30) 3 cr.

This course surveys women’s literature--fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction prose--from the 18th century to the present. It will focus on the significance of the relationship between the female writer and her audience and the challenges that this relationship posed for women writers. We will explore related questions, including: How do women writers develop a voice and authority? How do they interact with literary traditions, both male and female? How does genre impact the writer’s relationship to her audience, and vice versa?

Class meetings will consist mostly of discussion with brief lectures. Course requirements will include 2 papers, brief writing assignments, a midterm exam, and a final exam.