This is the course schedule. Check back regularly.
A note on the texts: Links are provided and copies will be placed on reserve. Some of the texts are available for purchase either as e-books or in hard copy. You are welcome to purchase or borrow other editions.
Jan. 5 — Introduction: Can one use the master’s tools?
Discussion: John Knox, from The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women (1558) (available here, here, and here); Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” (here and here)
Jan. 12 — Towards a distaff tradition of English literature
Jan. 19 — Anglo Saxon and medieval period: early voices
Jan. 26 — Middle Ages: Claiming religion/Discussion of the first assignment, including research methods
Guest: Janet Fraser, Research Librarian
Readings: Julian of Norwich: read the first seven of these excerpts, as well as some of the biographical notes; and Margery Kempe: read the excerpts at Luminarium and the first and third excepts from other sites, as well as some of the biographical notes. You might also look at one or both of these two articles.
Presentation: Stacy A. and Jaclyn F. on nunneries
Feb. 2 — 16th century
Readings: Anne Askew (1521–1546); Elizabeth I (1533-1603); Isabella Whitney (ca. 1540-after 1580); Jane Anger (c1589); Mary (Sidney) Herbert, Countess of Pembroke (1561-1621)
Presentation: Courtney G., Tiffany M., Rachel T. and Tomalyn Y. on Elizabeth I; Naomi K. and Heather R. on Askew
Feb. 9 — Early 17th century
Readings: Aemilia Lanyer (1569-1645): bio, “The Description of Cooke-ham“; Mary Wroth (1587–1651) bio, sonnets from Pamphilius to Amphilanthus and Urania (here, here, and here); Dorothy Osborne (1627–1695): bio, early letters; Elizabeth Rowe (1674–1737): bio, poems
Feb. 16 — Restoration: a model and two cautionary tales
Readings: Margaret Cavendish (in particular, this, this, this, this, and this); Aphra Behn (this story); Katherine Philips (bio and poetry here and here)
Presentation: Tiffany D. and Kyle S. on Cavendish
Feb. 23 — Restoration: drama
Readings: Behn’s The Rover (available here, here, here, and elsewhere)
on–line: selected criticisms of Behn
Presentation: Cassie F. and Danielle J. on women in the theatre; Richard J., Heather M., and Hillary S. on Behn
Mar. 1 — Late 17th and early 18th centuries: the debate about women’s education
Mar. 5 — 9 Reading Week
Mar. 15 — Class cancelled due to illness
Mar. 22 — 18th century: Backlash against “scribbling women”
Readings: Pope, from The Dunciad; Polwhele; selected criticisms of “the triumvirate of wit”; some responses
Mar. 29 — 18th century: Bluestockings
Readings: From March 15: Manley, The Adventures of Rivella (here and here)
For today: Hannah More (read one or two tales); Frances Burney (links to essays at bottom of page); Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (on smallpox; “The Nonsense of Common Sense“); Sarah Fielding (read the intro. and a couple of the vignettes from The Governess); Elizabeth Montagu (intro. to An Essay on the Writings & Genius of Shakespear [avail electronically through Quest]); Anna Laetitia Barbauld (“To Mr. Barbauld“); Elizabeth Carter (sonnet); Hester Chapone (glance through Letters on the improvement of the mind); Catherine Talbot (in The Rambler); Sara Scott (glance at Millennium Hall); Clara Reeve (Memoir)
Apr. 5 — Final class: Canceled
New deadline: Wikipedia assignment due by final day of exam period (i.e. April 21, 4pm)