Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG307H1F L0101

ENG307H1F   L0101   M11-1,W12
Women Writers, 1660-1800
Instructor: R. Stapleton
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room TBA
Email:  rachel.f.stapleton@utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course: This course explores the works of women writers from the Restoration and the eighteenth century, including Aphra Behn, Mary Wollstonecraft, Margaret Cavendish, Fanny Burney, and others. The course will pay special attention to means and modes of communication used by women, thinking of the networks at play between women, both within and without their poems, novels, treatises, letters, journals, and plays, as they intersect with the issues of their day, including class and gender, abolition and religion.

Required Reading: Selections from the Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, Vol. 1 (ed. Gilbert & Gubar); Fanny Burney, Evelina; Margaret Cavendish, Blazing World; and others.

First Three Authors/Texts: Cavendish, Bradstreet, Rowlandson.

Method of Evaluation: Short essay; seminar presentation; research essay; informed participation; term test.

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