ENG 466: Victorian Women Writers


Dr. Federico 3 credits

          We will read a broad selection of poetry and prose from two generations of Victorian women--roughly, from the 1840s to 1910. Among our objectives: to learn something about the social, political, and economic conditions under which nineteenth-century women published their work; to acquire an appreciation for the diverse venues through which women entered the Victorian literary world and their handling of different genres, from children’s literature and lyric poetry to the domestic novel and the critical essay; to become familiar with Victorian arguments about “The Woman Question” and gender ideology; to study ongoing debates throughout the century about sexual equality, education, art, and marriage; and to explore more generally the practice of  writing “as a woman” in Victorian patriarchy and the evolving role of women as social agents, artists, and public intellectuals in the nineteenth century--and after.

Required Course Texts:
Prose by Victorian Women: An Anthology, ed. Sally Mitchell and Andrea Broomfield
Victorian Women Poets: An Annotated Anthology, ed. Virginia Blain
Florence Nightingale, Cassandra
Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Olive Schreiner, The Story of An African Farm
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Elizabeth Gaskell, Cousin Phillis and Other Stories

          Students who have not taken the course prerequisites should contact Dr. Federico for a permission number. The course is open to all WMST minors and ENG students.

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