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Seats Still Available in ENG 614 Victorian Women: Agents of Change

Friday, January 06, 2017

Seats still available in ENG 614.01 Victorian Women: Agents of Change Wednesdays 6:10-8:55 with Professor Hackenberg.

The Victorian Era (1830s to the early 1900s) saw the birth of modern feminism: women started working outside the domestic sphere; Victoria Woodhull became the first female candidate for President of the United States; abolitionists and suffragettes became social forces. It was also a time of increasingly rigid gender ideologies (“angels” vs. “fallen” women) and vigorous debates about the “woman question.” This class, "Victorian Women: Agents of Change," which fulfills the Theory/Criticism requirement for English Literature Majors, will engage the “women question(s)” of the nineteenth century—many of which are still being asked today—by reading a selection of “sensational” fictions, political poetry, and personal narratives by British and American women.

Primary readings include Bronte’s Jane Eyre; Howe’s “The Hermaphrodite”; Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret; Alcott’s “Behind a Mask”; Southworth’s Capitola the Madcap, Crafts’ The Bondwoman’s Narrative; Hopkins’s Hagar’s Daughter, and poetry/essays by Bates, Browning, Craik, Dickinson, Eliot, Hale, Levy, and more. We will consider a selection of contemporary essays and criticism about Victorian women and engage in our own “recovery” research project with the help of SFSU Library’s Special Collections.

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