English 251: Gender and Ethics from Shakespeare to Austen

Course Description

In this course we explored the portrayal of men and women in early British literature. We specifically focused on what those portrayals communicated to readers, and the role gender played in that communication. We also asked what kind of ethical principles were questioned throughout the time period we studied. The class introduced literary themes and approaches while asking questions about agency, personhood, and power.

Course Texts: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary, Paradise Lost by John Milton, Oroonoko by Aphra Ben, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Simpson-Younger, Nancy. "Syllabus for English 251," Gender and Ethics from Shakespeare to Austen, January 2016.