|Frontispiece to Phillis Wheatley's|
Poems on Various Subjects (1773)
This class will prominently feature literature produced by women in early America, such as Anne Bradstreet, Susanna Rowson, Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Wilson, and Catherine Sedgwick.
At the end of the semester, you’ll be able to answer the following questions (and more): Why were women in the 1700s the leading adherents of evangelical religion? Did Americans in the 1800s really think women were “passionless”? How did enslaved women resist the worst abuses of slavery? What was it like to be the first women to leave rural communities and labor in America’s earliest textile factories? Was Andrew Jackson’s presidency really almost ruined by a sex scandal?
5/9/2014 UPDATE! This course is currently being cross-listed in the English Department as well.
8/3/2014 Course Syllabus is up!