English 114EM: Women and Literature, Women Writers 1650-1760

Undergraduate course offered by Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook, UC Santa Barbara, Department of English

The first anthologies of writing by English women were published in the mid-eighteenth century, suggesting that the recognition of literature by women as a distinct category has its own history. This course will explore that history in relation to the rise of an early modern print market and notions about publicity, domesticity, making a living, and educational privilege that are still be with us today.

We will read poetry, fiction, prose, drama, and letters by such authors as Astell, Behn, Finch, Montagu, Philips, and Scott, along with current scholarship on these writers and their contexts.

Individual seminars will take up the "separate spheres" debate; erotic and pathetic codings of the female body; female communities and utopias; satiric representations of women; debates on female education and authorship; the "consumer revolution"; and literary canon formation then and now.


Gender Images

Orlan Images

Historical Contexts for Women Writers, 1650-1760s

18th-Century Links and Resources

Links on the Authors

Lena Orlin's Home Page

UCSB English Department Home Page

UCSB's Early Modern Center

MLA Style Sheet

UCSB Davidson Library



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This page last updated on September 21, 2008.