Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Murphy, Jessica
Discipline and Number
HUSL 7372 Section 001
M Time 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Women in Early Modern Literature

Description of Course:


In this course, we will read, discuss, and write about early modern literary works from a variety of genres intended to construct the "'ideal' woman," and explore this construction as it evolved through the history of early modern English literature and culture (from about 1500 through about 1700). Students will engage critically with the texts and their historical milieus with attention to the theme of the course.

Required Texts:

All items will be available through the UTD Bookstore, Off-Campus Books, and Stanza Textbooks. Copies can also be found used through the usual large-scale online sellers.

A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations: Chicago style for students and researchers, Kate Turabian, 8th Edition, ISBN: 9780226816388

Norton Anthology of English Literature Volume 1B The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century, Greenblatt et. al. 8th Edition, ISBN: 0393927180 (this is an older edition and can be bought used much cheaper than the newest edition)

Renaissance Drama by Women: Texts and Contexts Cerasano, ISBN 0415098076
William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew, any edition is fine, the Pelican is affordable and has good notes: 9780140714517

Marriage and Violence: The Early Modern Legacy Frances E. Dolan ISBN 978-0812220827

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be expected to complete all of the reading assignments in advance of class and be prepared to discuss them in depth, write weekly responses to the reading, present on a topic once throughout the semester, and write an article-length scholarly research paper (20-25 pages).

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