ENGL348W - Literary Works by Women: Women Abolitionists

In this course we will analyze selected rhetorical features in women‘s anti-slavery literature written between 1829 and 1865. We will read from a variety of genres, including short stories, two novels, essays, poetry, appeals, petitions, and autobiographies, all produced by former enslaved and slaveholding women, who recorded their first-hand experiences, as well as texts by women active in Northern antislavery societies, who were drawn into the debates following the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. We will consider how these texts, along with such artifacts as coins, emblems, needlework, and visual representations, helped women abolitionists persuade audiences.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department.