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In A Room of One's Own (1929), Virginia Woolf writes: "The title women and fiction might mean, and you may have meant it to mean, women and what they are like, or it might mean women and the fiction that they write; or it might mean women and the fiction that is written about them, or it might mean that somehow all three are inextricably mixed together." In other words, a course like "Women and Literature" might mean any number of things and require you to read any number of different books. Over the course of the semester, we'll be exploring various avenues by which we can understand the relationship between women and literature. I've chosen to organize this semester's class around the representation of key spaces and objects in women's writing: the house, the room, the dress, the book, and the song. At the end of the semester, you'll be given the opportunity to construct your own ideal reading list. Our texts are far-ranging and varied, as we move from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Ms. Marvel's No Normal.


Required Texts

You must order the editions listed below. If there is an ePub available PUBLISHED BY THE SAME PRESS AND WITH THE SAME EDITORIAL APPARATUS, you may order an ePub, Kindle Book, Nook Book, iBook, etc. 

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Anchor Books, ISBN 9780385490818 

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Norton Critical, ISBN 9780393264883

Jo Baker, Longbourn, Vintage, ISBN 9780345806970

Linda Brent, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Penguin, ISBN 9780451531469 

Kate Chopin, The Awakening, Harper Collins, ISBN 9780380002450 

Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street, Knopf, ISBN 9780679734772 

Marjane Sartrapi, Persepolis, Knopf, ISBN 9780375714832 

Cheryl Strayed, Wild, Knopf, ISBN 9780307476074 

G. Willow Wilson, Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1, No Normal, Marvel ISBN 9780785190219

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, Mariner Books ISBN 9780156787338

Selected poetry, short stories and essays: to be found in required course packets.


Likely assignments to include: 2 essays, a midterm, a final, occasional in-class writing, and a creative presentation.


More than two unexcused absences prior to midpoint will result in your being dropped from the roll. After three absences over the course of the semester, your final grade will be negatively effected. I also expect you to come to class on time; late arrivals will be noted.

Makeup Policy

I will not give make-up exams or accept late essays. If a pressing emergency arises, please contact me prior to the due date, if at all possible.