ENGL 131(F) Women's Voices: Sappho to Riot Grrrls (Same as Women's and Gender Studies 131) (W)

This course will consider texts from a broad sampling of genres written by woman who raise their voices in opposition to, and often in outright protest of, social norms and literary conventions. We will situate central issues of class, race, sexuality, and political ideology raised by these texts within broader themes of coming of age, finding a voice of one's own, resisting social and literary limitations, and the price of artistic freedom. Readings will include works by Sappho, Aphra Behn, Mary Wollestonecraft, Christina Rossetti, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Virginia Woolf, Zora Neale Hurston, Caryl Churchill, and others, including works by selected contemporary poets and spoken word texts by award-winning female poetry slammers. Format: discussion/seminar. Requirements: four 5-page papers, and active class participation. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 19 (expected: 19). Preference given to first-year students.

Hour: ROSS