WOMENSTD 315 - Women and Literature
Section: 002 Being a Heroine
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
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With permission of instructor.
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This class satisfies the New Tradition Requirement.

May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Despite the fact that a woman sat on the throne of England for most of the 19th century, Victorians were generally unable or unwilling to change their views about what women couldn’t do and shouldn’t do. The great novelists of the day, however, had no difficulty imagining strong, ambitious, brilliant, adventurous women and making them the heroines of their texts. Women’s lack of power in 19th-century life is well-known and well-documented. We will note it too, but our focus will be on the qualities with which writers from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf endowed their heroines, who railed against the narrowness of their lives, sought choice in the midst of choicelessness, questioned what was deemed “unwomanly,” and attempted to subvert the rules. We will read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady, and Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’ubervilles. We will also read about the culture that set restrictions on women and the lives of the authors who managed to break through. (This material will be collected in a coursepack.) Requirements: short response papers or quizzes on each of the novels and a 10-12 page annotated bibliography, regular attendance, and class participation.

WOMENSTD 315 - Women and Literature
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002 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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