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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Women's Literature, Gender Studies and
Theories of Sexuality

english department

English Electives Offered Fall 2017:

ENGL4015 Women in Irish Literature Before 1900

Long before Joyce, there was Sydney Owenson—a writer with as much wit and even more audacity. This course explores pre-1900 Irish literature and culture from the unique perspective of the Irish woman. Women came in all shapes and forms in early Irish and English writing: queens, faeries, hags, vampires, and, most importantly, writers themselves. We will study how women formulated the Irish novel, asking questions like, what is the relationship between history and sexuality, imperialism and literature, myth and reality, the “wild” native woman and the Landlord? Selected authors include: Sydney Owenson, Maria Edgeworth, W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Gaskell, as well as Irish language poets.

Colleen Taylor

ENGL4010 Scribbling Women and Suffragettes: Human Rights and American Women's Writing, 1850-1920

Satisfies core requirement for: Cultural Diversity. 
Fulfills pre-1900 requirement

This course focuses on American women writers who engaged questions of difference and justice and played pivotal roles in social reform, ranging from movements for women’s and indigenous rights to abolitionism and labor activism. How did nineteenth-century women use print culture as a forum for political debate and a means of democratic participation prior to the Nineteenth Amendment? How did women writers work within the sentimental tradition and contribute to new developments in science fiction, literary journalism, and realism? Authors include Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Jacobs, Maria Ruiz de Burton, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Zitkala-Sa, and Sarah Winnemucca.

Lori Harrison-Kahan