English | Studies in Women and Literature
L378 | 25257 | Jennifer Fleissner
L378 25257 STUDIES IN WOMEN AND LITERATURE
11:15a-12:05p MWF (30 students) 3 cr. A&H.
TOPIC: “The American Female Bildungsroman, 1795-1955”
This course will chart the shifts in fictional portrayals of a young
woman’s coming-of-age story from the early days of the U.S. republic
through the mid-20th century. Through an exploration of these
stories, students will also become familiar with key genres in
American literary history, including the seduction novel, domestic
fiction, romanticism, the slave narrative, realism, regionalism,
naturalism, and modernism.
Authors studied may include the following: Susanna Rowson, Hannah
Webster Foster, Elizabeth Stoddard, Harriet Wilson, Harriet Jacobs,
Henry James, Stephen Crane, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Zitkala-Sa,
Edith Wharton, Anzia Yezierska, Booth Tarkington, Edith Summers
Kelley, Jessie Fauset, and Gwendolyn Brooks.