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Emerging Voices : US Women writers

Crédits ECTS : 6.0

Travaux Dirigés 12h

Cours Magistral 12h

Effectif maximal : 27

Composante : UFR Langues et Civilisations

Période de l'année : Semestre 1

Formes d'enseignement : Non


The time separating the Declaration of Sentiments (1848) from the 19th amendment that granted American women the right of vote (1920) marked a turning point in the history of women in the US. Although a number of women rose to prominence in the male-dominated literary world of the second half of the 19th century, most of them have long been forgotten. The recovery work to which feminist criticism gave an impulse in the 1970s and that is still ongoing today has drawn attention to the pivotal role played by some of these writers in the redefinition of women’s place in American society. This course will initiate a reflection on the way in which these women dealt with such issues as slavery, domesticity, industrialization and the rise of a visual culture in the fast-developing society of their times. Due attention will be paid to the Gothic genre that allowed them to express their most intimate concerns and anxieties under the cover of supernatural fiction, as well as to the regional sketch, a supposedly minor genre that some of them turned into an instrument of resistance to the dominant patriarchal ideology.


FETTERLEY Judith and Marjorie PRYSE, Writing Out of Place: Regionalism, Women, and American Literary Culture, Urbana and Chicago, U of Illinois P, 2003.
GILBERT Sandra and Susan GUBAR, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, New Haven and London: Yale UP, 1979.
SHOWALTER Elaine, A Jury of her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx, New York: Vintage, 2010.
WEINSTOCK Jeffrey, Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women, New York: Fordham UP, 2008.

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