ENGL 339

Women in 19th-Century Literature

Prerequisite: Sophomores with permission. This course will explore the various mythologies that attend upon the idea of womanhood in the Romantic and Victorian eras, among them: woman as object and subject of desire; as demon and saint, virgin and prostitute, mother, rebel, and slave; as mysterious force, and fetishized commodity; as heavenly entity and chtonic creature of Nature. Writers include Wollstonecraft, Goethe, Wordsworth, Blake, Keats, Austen, M. Shelley, Eliot, C. Rossetti, C. Bronte, and E. Browning. May be counted as a discipline-based course toward the minor in gender studies. V.2, V.5