ENGLISH 415 - Studies in Women and Literature
Fall 2013, Section 001 - Parlors and Platforms: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Identity in the Progressive Era
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Until quite recently, feminist historical scholarship focused on recovering the voices of early feminist and proto-feminist women. Increasingly, however, scholars are beginning to recognize that understanding women's history requires looking at the full range of women's rhetorical activities, progressive and conservative, public and private.

This class will take a nuanced look at issues that both united and divided women at the dawn of a new century — including suffrage, civil rights, temperance, education, women's right to speak, and women's professional and public roles. We will pay particularly close attention to women's rhetorical education in reading, writing, and speaking, considering how women negotiated both opportunities and constraints as wives, mothers, students, workers, and citizens.

Course Requirements:

Active class participation; weekly short writing assignments; one minor exam; one major essay.

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This class welcomes men and women students from a variety of disciplines and requires no prerequisite study, just a desire to learn more about women's rhetorical practices in this fascinating and turbulent era — and beyond.

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ENGLISH 415 - Studies in Women and Literature
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