Women in Literature

Speculative fiction, it is often pointed out, was born with the Creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818. Even before that, Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World invented an entire world built on the premises of the scientific theories and desire for personal sovereignty that her patriarchal society dismissed and denigrated. This course will explore the worlds women have invented and explored through science fiction and fantasy novels and film from the seventeenth century to today. We will examine the ways these worlds interrogate, respond to, and even predict the political, social, and scientific problems of the societies from which they emerged. Authors include Mary Shelley, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Madeleine L’Engle, Octavia Butler, Ursuala K. LeGuin, Margaret Atwood, Louise Erdrich, Nnedi Okorafor, and N.K. Jemisin.

Instructor: E. Drew
TTH 2:30 - 3:45, Hume 111
Crosslisted as ENG 385