Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Starnaman, Sabrina
Discipline and Number
LIT 3380 Section 001
MW Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
Rebels and Reformers

Description of Course:

This course studies women and their texts that defied social conventions, worked to change public policy, and uncovered criminal actions. This class will include readings from many genres including fiction, journalism, and essays.

Required Texts:

Texts may include:

Life in the Iron Mills, (1860) Rebecca Harding Davis. Bedford Cultural Edition.
“The Quaker Settlement” from Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) Harriet Beecher Stowe. From Life in the Iron Mills Broadview Ed.
“Sewing Machines” and “The Working-Girls of New York,” Fanny Fern. From Life in the Iron Mills Broadview Ed.
“Ten Days in a Mad House,” (1887) Nellie Bly
Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in all its Phases, (1892) Ida B. Wells
Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution, (1898) Charlotte Gilman Perkins (Selections) In The Awakening Bedford Ed.
“The Yellow Wallpaper,” (1892) Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Awakening, (1899) Kate Chopin. Broadview Press Edition.
“Wife Who Retains Her Maiden Name and Won’t Obey,” (1895) In The Awakening Bedford Ed.
“In the Land of the Free,” “The Story of One White Woman Who Married a Chinese,” and “Her Chinese Husband” (a sequel to “The Story of . . .”) Sui Sin Far/Edith Maude Eaton
Of One Blood Or, the Hidden Self, (1902) Pauline Hopkins
Twenty Years at Hull-House, (1910) Jane Addams or selected essays
Anarchism and Other Essays, (1910) Emma Goldman (Selections)
“The Free Vacation Home,” (1915) “Wings,” “Hunger,” “Soap and Water,” and “Children of Loneliness” (1923) Anzia Yezierska

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Assignments may include:

Midterm and final
Reading quizzes
Class presentation
Active class participation

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