The woods are the book we read over and over as children. Wyatt Townley

Winter 2018

ENG 612 (Women Writers): Feminist Utopias/Dystopias

T 6-9 pm Devos

Dr. Kathleen Blumreich

This semester our focus will be on feminist utopias and dystopias. Some of these works respond quite directly, if unintentionally, to Freud’s infamous question: ‘What does woman want?’ Other texts change the question itself, asserting what woman ‘does not want.’ As we shall see, however, notions of what constitutes a feminist utopia or dystopia vary across time and are often dependent upon an author’s personal (as opposed to universal) ideals and values. In fact, what one woman may call ‘liberation,’ another may deem ‘oppression.’

The Parable of the Sower

The Handmaid's Tale

Tentative reading list:

Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Butler, Parable of the Sower

Cadwallader, The Anchoress

Gilman, Herland

Karmel, An Estate of Memory

Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time

Watkins, Gold Flame Citrus



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