ENGLISH 315 - Women and Literature
Section: 002 18th and 19th Century British Women Writers
Term: WN 2014
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course will survey the great traditions of women’s writing in Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We will read poetry by Anne Finch through Christina Rossetti, novels by Frances Burney, Jane Austen, the Brontes, and George Eliot, as well as other forms of writing by unusual and fascinating writers.

Through course readings and discussion, through writing, and through independent research, students will gain from this course in-depth knowledge not only of the outstanding contributions of women writers to British literature, but also of the social and historical contexts in which these writers flourished.

Required texts: Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, The Rover, and Other Works Penguin 2003; Eliza Haywood, Fantomina and Other Works Broadview 2004; Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Norton 2009; Jane Austen, Mansfield Park Oxford 2008;Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince Michigan 1998; Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals Oxford 2008; Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre Penguin 2006; George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss Broadview 2007

Course Requirements:

Students will write two short papers, take one exam, and conduct two independent research projects, from an “adopt-a-poem” project in which everyone will find, research thoroughly, and present information on a poem published by an eighteenth or nineteenth century British woman writer; to a group WIKI project, which will allow us to further develop expertise on woman writers.

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ENGLISH 315 - Women and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (REC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0140433384
Oroonoko ; The rover : and other works, Author: Aphra Behn ; edited with an introduction and notes by Janet Todd., Publisher: Penguin Books 4. print. 2003
ISBN: 0141441143
Jane Eyre, Author: Charlotte Bronte ; edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davies., Publisher: Penguin 2006
ISBN: 0199536872
The Grasmere and Alfoxden journals, Author: Dorothy Wordsworth ; edited with an introduction and notes by Pamela Woof., Publisher: Oxford University Press 1st publis 2008
ISBN: 0472084100
The history of Mary Prince : a West Indian slave, Author: related by herself. Ed. with an introd. by Moira Ferguson., Publisher: Univ. of Michigan Press rev. ed. 1997
ISBN: 1551114674
The mill on the Floss, Author: George Eliot. Ed. by Oliver Lovesey., Publisher: Broadview Press 2007
ISBN: 1551115247
Fantomina and other works, Author: Eliza Haywood ; edited by Alexander Pettit, Margaret Case Croskery, and Anna C. Patchias., Publisher: Broadview Press 2004
ISBN: 9780393929744
A vindication of the rights of woman : an authoritative text backgrounds and contexts criticism, Author: Mary Wollstonecraft ; edited by Deidre Shauna Lynch., Publisher: W.W. Norton 3rd ed. 2009
ISBN: 9780199535538
Mansfield Park, Author: Jane Austen ; edited by James Kinsley ; with an introduction and notes by Jane Stabler., Publisher: Oxford University Press New ed. 2008
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