English Women Writers to 1800 Reading Schedule & Required Texts

by Jessica C. Murphy

I thought I would share the plan for my Spring 2010 graduate course with you all. (For my students–the full syllabus is available through coursebook online: http://dox.utdallas.edu/syl17586)

Required Textbooks and Materials

  • The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Traditions in English Volume 1. 3rd Edition. Edited by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-393-93013-9 (LW in schedule)
  • Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism: A Norton Reader Edited by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-393-92790-0 (FLTC in schedule)
  • Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, Edited by Catherine Gallagher, Bedford Cultural Edition, 2000. ISBN: 978-0-312-10813-7
Date Assignment
1/14
  • Introduction
1/21
  • Short Writing 1
  • Cixous, “The Laugh of the Medusa,” FLTC pp. 414-429
  • Kelly-Gadol, “The Social Relation of the Sexes,” FLTC pp. 430-436
  • Elizabeth I’s early letters, ERes
  • Behn, “Preface,” FLTC pp. 24-27
  • De Pizan, Selections, FLTC pp. 13-19
1/28
  • Short Writing 2
  • Zimmerman, “What has Never Been,” FLTC pp. 551-565
  • Philips, Selections, LW pp. 169-174
    • “Content,” “Friendship,” “Retir’d friendship,” ERes
  • Andreadis, “Reconfiguring,” ERes
2/4
  • Short Writing 3
  • Speght, “Muzzle for Melastomus,” LW pp. 109-122
  • Sowernam, “Esther hath Hang’d Haman,” ERes
  • Swetnam, “The arraignment,” ERes
  • Schnell, “Muzzling,” ERes
2/11
  • Julian of Norwich, Selections, LW pp. 37-45
  • Margery Kempe, Selections, LW pp. 45-60
  • Gertz-Robinson, “Stepping,” ERes
2/18
  • Short Writing 4
  • Anne Askew, “The Ballad,” LW pp. 62-65
  • Lanyer, Rex Judaeorum, ERes
    • LW p. 82 headnote
2/25
  • Mary Sidney Herbert, Selections, LW pp. 77-82
  • “Triumph,” ERes
    • Hannay, “Doo what men,” ERes
    • Paper 1
3/4
  • Short Writing 5
  • Elizabeth Cary, Tragedy, ERes
    • LW p. 96 headnote
  • Ferguson, “Spectre,” ERes
3/11
  • Short Writing 6
  • Mary Wroth, Selections, LW pp. 101-109
  • Cavendish, Selections, LW pp. 160-164; FLTC pp. 21-24
  • Gilbert and Gubar, “Infection,” FLTC pp. 448-460
3/18
  • Spring Break
3/25
  • Short Writing 7
  • Bradstreet, “Author to her Book,” LW p. 152
  • Isabella Whitney, “Will and Testament,” LW pp. 68-77
    • “Copy of a Letter,” ERes
  • Wall, “Legacy,” ERes
4/1
  • Short Writing 8
  • Phyllis Wheatley, Selections, LW pp. 358-364
  • Sarah Wentworth Morton, Selections, LW pp. 391-396
  • Helen Maria Williams, “One the Bill,” LW pp. 398-400
  • Spivak, Selections, FLTC pp. 798-809
4/8
  • Workshop
4/15
  • Short Writing 9
  • Oroonoko, pp. 1-100
  • Brown, “Romance of Empire,” FLTC, pp. 861-871
  • Mandeville, “Dialogue,” Oroonoko pp.166-168
  • West Africa, Oroonoko, pp. 208-217
    • Selection, pp. 234-259
  • Caribbean, Oroonoko, pp. 326-334
    • Selections pp. 334-365
  • Britain, Oroonoko, pp. 393-401
    • Selection, pp. 414-423
4/22
  • Short Writing 10
  • Wollstonecraft, Selections, LW pp. 370-391
    • Selections (except what is in LW) FLTC pp. 41-48
  • Edgeworth, Selections, FLTC pp. 49-54
  • Anger, Selection, FLTC pp. 19-21
  • Chudleigh, Selection, LW pp. 231-233
  • Fetterley, “Resisting,” FLTC pp. 443-448
4/29
  • Mini-Conference
5/7
  • Final Paper Due
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