ENGL408C - Literature by Women Before 1800: Geographies & Worlds, 1400-1700

In this course we will consider relationships between women’s writing 1400-1700 and shifts in existing and emergent conventions of describing the world textually and graphically. We will read selections from a variety of genres (autobiography, letters, epic, drama, and poetry) by English authors and their counterparts in Europe, Africa, and Asia. We will also consider visual arts and historical contexts.

Students will report on authors of their choice not included on the syllabus; those reports will serve as the basis for contributions to Wikipedia resources. Grades will be based on participation, regular reading quizzes, three papers (two short reports and one longer analysis), and a final examination.

Also offered as WMST408C.


Two English courses in literature or permission of the department.