Painting of a woman holding a pen to her mouth

This course will track developments in women’s poetry over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries in Britain and the U.S. We’ll consider the variety of styles they used to address questions ranging from marriage to science, motherhood to work, religion to politics. Although not all the poets we read might be classed as “feminist,” we’ll also consider the work of women poets alongside developments in feminism over the course of two centuries. Poets may include Charlotte Smith, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Frances Harper, Lydia Sigourney, Toru Dutt, Sarojini Naidu, Mina Loy, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Louise Bogan, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Margaret Atwood, Rita Dove, Louise Erdrich.

Same as WGST 4277