WOMENSTD 315 - Women and Literature
Section: 001 Women, Gender, and Race in the "American Renaissance"
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:

This course satisfies the American Literature and New Traditions requirements for English Concentrators.

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Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:
Mesle,Sarah

The middle of the nineteenth century saw a surge in the publication of exciting, illuminating American literature, much of it concerned with discussing the nature of America itself. In 1941, nearly 100 years later, critic F.O. Matthiessen wrote a famous book calling the years 1850-1855 the “American Renaissance.” But while Matthiessen was correct about the revolutionary potential of the era’s literature, his approach to his topic was quite conservative: his book ignored all women and all writers of color. This lapse is particularly shocking given that the mid-century literary marketplace was dominated by best-selling women authors who tackled the pressing issues of their era—slavery, class strife, colonial expansion—as well as the more intimate issues of personal relationships and sexual expression. Focusing on novels, essays, and poems by women from the middle of the century, this class will look at the intersections of race, gender and nationalism in a moment when about all three categories were undergoing radical change.

Texts may include: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, Harriet Jacobs; The Morgensons, Elizabeth Stoddard; Dred, Harriet Beecher Stowe; The Planter’s Northern Bride, Caroline Lee Hentz; Life in the Iron Mills, Rebecca Harding Davis; American Indian Stories, Zitkala-Sa; The Bondwoman’s Narrative, Hannah Crafts; essays by Margaret Fuller; and poems by Emily Dickinson. Assignments will include regular reading notebooks, at least one formal essay, and a final exam.

WOMENSTD 315 - Women and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
16003
Open
6
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (REC)
P
45360
Open
32
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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