FYS-128 Shakespeare’s Sisters: Women’s Literature in English

Instructor: Professor Suzanne J. Flynn
Department: English

Course Description:
This seminar will offer students the opportunity to study a selection of British and American women writers -- some major, some minor -- covering the past 500 years. Beginning with Queen Elizabeth and her contemporaries and ending with twentieth-century figures such as Virginia Woolf and Zora Neale Hurston, we will explore Woolf's famous question: what if Shakespeare had a sister? We will consider the impact of gender on the creative process, and how economics, class, and racial issues intersect with gender to produce a unique female voice. The course will include several film showings and a field trip to Washington, DC.