English 345: Women Writing Strange Things

Course Description

In this course we investigated how women existed in society and how that was translated into texts. In particular, we examined how women writers, themselves strange creatures to society, represented others, How did women render themselves and others normal or human? And how did this representation participate, or challenge, the construction of normalcy and acceptance in society? Throughout out the course we read texts in light of contextual philosophical debates, poetry, and contemporary critical responses.

Course Texts: Evelina by Frances Burney, The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Belinda by Maria Edgeworth, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Ramos, Adela. "Syllabus for English 345," Women Writing Strange Things 1770-1820, Spring 2017.