FROM 1400 TO 1900

Distribution I course

FALL, 2004

Dr. Jane Chance

2:30-3:50 TTH   120 Huma


A survey of major British early women

writers.  Poems, memoirs, plays, and

novels by  significant women, and

their film adaptations.


Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, ed. Mary Gordon, Harcourt Brace (1990) ISBN 0156787334 $7.20 PN471.W61 1981

Marie de France, Lais, ed. Robert Hanning and Joan Ferrante, Baker Book House (1995), ISBN 080102031X, $12.74 PQ1494.L3E5 1982

Julian of Norwich, Revelations; Motherhood of God, trans. Frances Beer, Boydell & Brewer (1998), ISBN 0-85991-453-4, $17.95 BV4832.2J 8513 1998B

The Floure and the Leafe, The Assembly of Ladies, The Isle of Ladies, ed. Derek Pearsall, Western Michigan Univeresity (1990), ISBN 0918720435 $8.85 PR1203.F56 1990

Aemilia Lanyer, Poems: Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, ed. Susanne Woods, Oxford University Press (1993), ISBN 0-19-508361-X $16.95 PR2296.L27 295 1999

Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, the Rover, and Other Works, ed. Janet Todd, Penguin Classics (1993), ISBN 014433384 $8.46

Roger Lonsdale, ed. Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology (Oxford, 1990), rpt., ISBN 0192827758 $14.95 PR1177.E341990

Frances Burney, Evelina, ed. Susan Kubica Howard, Broadview Press (2000), ISBN 1-55111-237-X $10.95

Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria,  ed. Norton Editions (1994) ISBN 0-393-31169-4 $8.95 PR5841 W8M27 1994

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, 2nd ed., Dover (1996), ISBN 0486290360, $1.60

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, ed. D.L. Macdonald and Kathleen Scherf, Broadview Literary Texts, 2nd ed. (2000), 

Recommended: William Strunk and E. B. White, The Elements of Style, Allyn & Bacon, 4th ed. (1999), ISBN 020530902x $5.56 PE 1408.S772 2000

Films (On Reserve):   Chris Newby’s “Anchoress” (1993) PN1997.A5341993

                                     Marshall Herskowitz’s “Dangerous Beauty” (Veronica Franco) PN1997.D352 1998

 Kenneth Branagh’s “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (1994) PN1997.F72 1995


Requirements: 2 exams, two 5-7 page papers, class participation             Distribution Course: Group I

Note: you are expected to attend class. More than three absences will affect your grade.

Web-Page: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~jchance/WOMSURVEY3.html


Week One 

     Aug. 24  Tu            Introduction: Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929)

I.  The Middle Ages and Renaissance

     Aug. 26  Th   Marie de France, Lais (1155-70): Guigemar; LaFresne


Week Two 

     Aug. 30  Tu  Marie de France, Eliduc

     Sept. 2    Th  Julian of Norwich, Revelations; Motherhood of God (1373)


Week Three

     Sept. 7    Tu  Chris Newby’s “Anchoress” (1993) (108 mins.)

     Sept. 9    Th  Chris Newby’s “Anchoress” (1993) (108 mins.)(cont.)


Week Four

     Sept. 14  Tu  The Floure and the Leafe (in Pearsall) (1460-88)

     Sept. 16  Th The Assembly of Ladies (in Pearsall) (1470-80)


Week Five

     Sept. 21  Tu      Aemelia Lanyer (1569-1645), Poems

     Sept. 23  Th            

     Sept. 24  Fri             Examination #1 Due in my mailbox by 9 a.m.


II.                The Seventeenth-Century


Week Six

      Sept. 28  Tu             Aphra Behn (1640-1689), The Rover (1677)

     Sept. 30  Th           


Week Seven

      Oct.   5  Tu            Aphra Behn, Oroonoko: Or The History of the Royal Slave (1688)

      Oct.   7  Th           


Week Eight

       Oct. 12 Tu            Midterm Break


III.             The Eighteenth Century


      Oct. 14 Th             Anne Finch (1641-1720), Countess of Winchilsea, in Lonsdale, pp. 4-26

Paper # 1

Week Nine

Oct. 19 Tu      Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Letters (1683-1762), in Lonsdale, pp. 54-70                
Oct. 21 Th     Pick a Poet/Poem in Lonsdale for Discussion


Week Ten

Oct. 26 Tu     Frances Burney, Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World (1778)

        Oct. 28  Th            Frances Burney, Evelina


Week Eleven

        Nov. 2 Tu            Frances Burney, Evelina

  Nov. 4 Th            Frances Burney, Evelina


Week Twelve

  Nov. 9 Tu        

  Nov. 10 Wed      Examination #2 due in my mailbox by 9 a.m.

  Nov. 11 Th         Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792)



Week Thirteen

        Nov. 16            Tu       Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria (1798)

  Nov. 18            Th       Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria


IV. The Nineteenth Century

Week Fourteen

  Nov. 23   Tu      Mary Shelly, Frankenstein (1818)

  Nov. 23-4 Tu/We  Showing of Kenneth Branagh’s Frankenstein (evening)

  Nov. 25    Thanksgiving


Week Fifteen

        Dec.   5 Tu         Mary Shelly, Frankenstein

        Dec.   7 Th         PAPER #2 (5-7 pp.)


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