WGS 315 - Women and Literature
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Women and Writing in Medieval and Early Modern England
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
Department: LSA Women's and Gender Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course surveys the remarkable literary works by the earliest women writers in the English tradition. We will explore the literary and social contexts of women’s writing in order to understand its surprising history, including the factors that encouraged and discouraged women’s writing and reading, the genres with which they were associated, and the material forms their writing took (from graffiti to deluxe books made for royal patrons). Among other questions, we will ask how gender and sexuality were important to writing and reading literature in medieval and Tudor England and how women’s writing shaped the category of “literature” in this crucial early period. We’ll also look at the way that women’s literary production—and the ideas about gender and writing that inform it—shift during the transition from manuscripts to the first printed books. 

The course readings will showcase the amazing range of women’s writing in the early period, from poetry about love, religion, and politics, to stories about dragon-killing virgins or fairy lovers who rescue hapless knights, dream visions about an all-female court, and the earliest autobiography in English.


Major Requirement: Pre-1642 + Identity/Difference


WGS 315 - Women and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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