ENGL348P - Literary Works by Women: Women on the Plantation

The institution of slavery victimized everyone associated with it and, in particular ways, women. All Southern women faced gender and class issues to one degree or another, and African American women dealt with the additional and significant issue of race. Using journals, letters, autobiographies, and oral testimonies, we will look at how they were expected to and did conduct their daily lives within the antebellum plantation household, examining their perceptions of their own and each other's roles, as well as social and cultural perceptions of their roles.


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