UMAIE Course Number: T4204
SAU Course Equivalency: ENGL 222, Women's Literature (four credits)
Instructor: Jane Carrol and Geri Chavis, St. Catherine University
Dates: January 2-24, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes start January 15)
Location: London, Bath, Yorkshire, Oxford
Price: $5,060 (subject to change)
This course, focusing on a significant theme profoundly affecting women's lives and welfare, represents an integrated blend of literary works, biography, historical perspectives, film resources, and visits to pertinent sites in England that illuminate the course materials in a memorable, meaningful way.
The "Woman Question" was a term used in the nineteenth and early twentieth century to encompass a variety of discussions and debates on the nature of women and women's role in society. This was a hot topic because of the many changes taking place in the socio-economic, historical, cultural, and political arenas, all of which were affecting women's lives, their relationships to men, their families, and society as a whole. Challenges to the status quo regarding gender stereotypes, roles and expectations made the "Woman Question" a particularly compelling issue in Britain in the years between 1840 and 1920, yet there are several key writings in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that help set the stage for these challenges. Pertinent subtopics covered in this course include Enlightenment Feminism, the Cult of True Womanhood, Women and Work, Women and Education, and the Suffragette Movement.
As a community of learners, we will explore the selected writings as well as the lives of British fiction writers, essayists and activists who were prominent voices on various facets of the woman question. We will look at how the literature these authors created relates to their personal backgrounds, the historical forces surrounding them and the primary choices they made in their lives. The major writers to be studied include Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Gissing and Virginia Woolf. Other readings will include excerpts from history and literary analysis texts as well as works by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Ruskin, John Stuart Mill, Christina Rossetti, Emmeline Pankhurst, and George Bernard Shaw.
Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (300 Ambrose Hall).
Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.