Women and Literature

L207 — Spring 2022

Judith C. Brown
Days and Times
3:00 - 4:15p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

Topic: Portrait of the Artist as a Woman

What happens to painting in the hands of great writers? We’ll look at painters and painting as they are depicted in prose and poetry, and explore the intersection of literature and visual art. Our readings will range from 1899 to 2020, including works by Raven Leilani, Margaret Atwood, Kate Chopin, Virginia Woolf, Iris Murdoch, Yi Lei, and Helen Oyeyemi. We'll talk about the different challenges women faced, and their role as artists, or near-artists. Did it matter that they were women at all? Course evaluation will include 2 papers, reading quizzes, an exam, and a creative project.