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Topics in American Literature

English Literature 315 - Spring 2020

Excellent women, according to Barbara Pym's novel of the same name, are sensible and level-headed, always ready with a cup of tea, and live more for others than for themselves. This course will explore fiction written by female authors about these so-called "excellent women," from Emma Woodhouse to Bridget Jones, and think through how these authors and their protagonists might push back against the confines of their "excellence." In addition to examining the characterological aspects of these novels, we'll also attempt to understand what constitutes "women's fiction" through our readings and discussions, and we'll argue the case for the inclusion of other "excellent women" writers and heroines. Authors may include Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Barbara Pym, Muriel Spark, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Doris Lessing, Penelope Mortimer, Simi Bedford, Helen Fielding, Zadie Smith, Monica Ali, and Anita Desai. Satisfies the Twentieth Century and later requirement.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMAS SD IFA HUMAR HUMEL TC

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Topics in American Literature
INSTRUCTOR: Turner
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