ENGL348A - Literary Works by Women: Gender, Race, and Class in British and American Narratives (1680-1930)

This course covers a wide range of fictional and non-fictional narratives published by British and American women writers over an approximately 250 year period, from 1688 to 1937.  The course first considers issues of gender:  Who were these women writers?  What did they write?  Why did they write?  Who did they write for and under what conditions?  Beyond that, the course addresses the investment of these women writers in other social categories.  How and why did early white women writers—both British and American—focus on issues of race, deeming the creation of black characters central to their narratives?  How were black women eventually empowered to “write back,” devising plots and protagonists of their own?  Why did these women authors—both white and black—appropriate the category of class to further differentiate their narratives’ protagonists from the other characters?  Finally, how did they emphasize notions of nationhood in order to buttress their protagonists’ claims to national belonging?

Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.


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