ENGL379Z - Special Topics in Literature; Women and Memory in Material and Digital Worlds

Students in this course will analyze and take part in the production of public memory texts dedicated to women in digital and real-world contexts, such as memorials and monuments as well as digital archives and online exhibits. As scholars such as Barbie Zelizer and Kendall Phillips have made clear, public memory is a presentation of the past composed specifically for the purposes of the present; it is, as Toni Morrison explains, a “willed creation.” Thus, when we craft public memories we—whether purposefully or not—remember and forget certain aspects of our past. Our work for the semester will be to explore how, why, and in what context women are remembered. Because women have often been dismissed or erased from public memory, this class will explore the types of memorial inscriptions produced to assert women’s historical presence on our material and digital landscapes.