ENGL408B - Literature by Women Before 1800: The Battle of the Sexes

This course will examine the writing of women in the Renaissance in context. We will explore questions of literary merit--and how this value is reckoned--through the reading of both canonical and non-canonical texts. Recognized authors such as Sidney, Nashe, Herbert and Donne will be juxtaposed with less recognized authors such as Sidney (Mary), Whitney, Lanyer, and Wroth in order to provoke discussion on the subjects of gender and canon formation. In addition to class participation, grades will be based upon one short (4 pages) and two slightly longer (6 and 8 pages respectively) essays during the term.

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as: WMST408. Credit only granted for: ENGL408 or WMST408.


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