ENAM 0114

Reading Women's Writing

Reading Women's Writing: Living a Feminist Life from Mary Wollstonecraft to Sara Ahmed
In this course we will investigate the tradition of women's writing in English from the sixteenth century to the present day, focusing on the complex relationships among writing, sexuality, race, and gender. We will consider the ways in which writers identifying as female respond to--and often subvert--traditional literary themes and conventions, looking critically as we do so at our own interpretive assumptions as readers. An organizing focus of our reading will be the articulation and/or suppression of female anger and other related emotions in a variety of repressive contexts. Though our focus will be primarily on the interpretation of literary works, we will also develop an awareness of relevant debates in feminist theory, from Mary Wollstonecraft’s revolutionary contribution to notions of female education to Sara Ahmed’s concept of the feminist “killjoy.” Other texts may include: Jane Austen, Mansfield Park; Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway; Toni Morrison, Sula; Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions; Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage; Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties; Kristen Roupenian, You Know You Want This, Rebecca Traister, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger. For on campus students, discussions will be held in person outside when possible. 3 hrs. sem.
English & American Literatures
English & American Literatures
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
ENGL 0114
GSFS 0114
WAGS 0114


Fall 2020

ENAM0114A-F20 Lecture (Wells)
ENAM0114X-F20 Discussion (Wells)
ENAM0114Y-F20 Discussion (Wells)
ENAM0114Z-F20 Discussion (Wells)

Spring 2012

ENAM0114A-S12 Lecture (Wells)

Spring 2010

ENAM0114A-S10 Lecture (Wells)

Fall 2006

ENAM0114A-F06 Lecture (Wells)