English 185B - Spring, 2023

Literature by Women from 1800-1900

Class Information

Instructor: Dunkle, Iris Jamahl
Time: MWF 3:10-4:00pm
Location: 1130 Bainer
GE Areas: Writing Experience


We often think of nineteenth-century women as confined to the domestic sphere or traditional domestic duties, yet in this century women produced a larger percentage of published novels
than in the twentieth century, and the most popular poets of the day were women poets. This class will focus on some of the most successful and important women novelists of the day. Our goal will be to think about these authors and texts and the literary forms and genres they express in relation to questions of gender and sexuality; marriage and the
marriage plot; authorship, readership, and the public sphere; race and empire; class and education; and debates about the social roles and responsibilities of the woman author.


Short paper 20%
Long paper 20%
Exam 20%
Response papers 40%


The Morgesons, Elizabeth Stoddard
Anne , Constance Fenimore Woolson
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Emily Dickinson
The Awakening, Kate Chopin
Nineteenth Century Women Poets
A Lady?s Life in the Rocky Mountains, Isabelle Byrd