See also the C18-L home page -- it has links to selected readings (see below) and to the archives of the C18-L list.
Check out British theatre: some information about women playwrights of the period.
The course will be arranged thematically: topics will include contemporary representations of women and women authors, the education of women, women and the classical tradition, publication and patronage, the role of male mentors like Richardson and Johnson, selected genres (e.g., the verse epistle, the Ovidian/heroic epistle, the ode, the georgic, the country house poem) and subjects (e.g., women, poetry, nature, slavery, politics), and, especially in second term, the intersection of gender issues with those of social class and race.
Four short (10-15 minute/1000 words) seminar reports (40%), one in-class test on February 28th (20%), one major essay due April 10 (25%), 250-word proposal and annotated bibliography for major essay due February 21 (5%), informed participation in class and on line (10%).
Barker, `Poetry from the provinces: amateur poets in the Gentleman's Magazine in the 1730s and 1740s'. 241-256 of Tradition in transition: women writers, marginal texts, and the eighteenth-century canon, ed.Course textbooks