ENGL 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. An organizing focus of our reading will be the articulation 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; Margaret Cavendish, The Convent of Pleasure; Grace Cho, Tastes Like War; Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage; Harriet Jacobs, The Life of a Slave Girl; Toni Morrison, Sula; Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties; Meredith Talusan, Fairest; and Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, and Mrs Dalloway. 3 hrs. sem. (Formerly ENAM 0114)
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
GSFS 0114
ENAM 0114
WAGS 0114


Spring 2024

ENGL0114A-S24 Lecture (Wells)

Spring 2005

ENGL0114A-S05 Lecture (Cassarino)

Fall 2003

ENGL0114A-F03 Lecture (Wells)
ENGL0114Y-F03 Discussion (Wells)
ENGL0114Z-F03 Discussion (Wells)