ENEC 3200

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18th Century Women Writers

During the eighteenth century, social, economic, and technological developments converged to alter the ways in which texts were produced and consumed. The result of these innovations was a new “print culture” that offered women the opportunity to step onto the public stage as professional authors for the first time. Female authors, nevertheless, remained intensely aware of their “delicate situation” within the literary public sphere. They responded to this situation by deploying a variety of authorial strategies that ingeniously combined self-promotion with self-protection in order to legitimize their appearance in print. The focus of this class will be the relationship between gender and genre, on how various literary forms popular during the eighteenth century (conduct literature, drama, poetry, the novel) implicated gender in complex ways. Class requirements include weekly reading responses (1-2 pages), frequent “pop” quizzes, two formal essays (5-7 pages), and a final exam. Our class meeting will be largely discussion based.