Senior Elective: American and British Women Writers in the 19th and 20th Century
Laura Tuneski, Caitlin Harkins, Emily Griffin, and Jessica Mueller
American and British Women Writers in the 19th and 20th centuries will discuss women’s writing in the last two centuries. It will show how both women’s roles in society and women’s literature have changed over time. The course will also demonstrate the difference between women writers in America and Britain. The readings for this course are broken up into 50-year increments beginning in the year 1900 and extending until 1999. This course will help students to gain an appreciation for women’s literary advancement: their struggles and triumphs, their increased opportunities for education and recognition, their groundbreaking literary achievement and the Women’s Rights Movement. Students will engage in a dialogue of how female authors have changed in their style, subject matter, and sense of identity in society throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions:
1. Since the beginning of the 19th Century, women’s role in the writing of literature has dramatically increased.
-How has women’s literature been viewed throughout the 19th century?
-In what ways have women been gaining more recognition for their literary achievements?
-Is it easier to be a woman writer in the 20th century versus the 19th? How?
-How have women writers become more accepted?
2. In the last two hundred years, women’s role in society has changed drastically.
-What struggles have women faced?
-What advancements have women made in society?
-How has the daily life and work of women changed throughout the 19th and 20th century?
-Are women still assigned a specific gender role today? If not, how has their role changed?
3. Women’s literary style has changed throughout the 19th and 20th century.
-How has women’s choice of subject matter...