Fall 2019

New Women in America

Listed in: , as COLQ-105


Wendy H. Bergoffen (Section 01)


This course will examine the emergence of the “New Woman” as a category of social theory, political action, and literary representation at the turn of the twentieth century. Early readings will trace the origins of the New Woman as a response to nineteenth-century notions of “True Womanhood.” Discussions will situate literary representations of women in larger cultural events taking place during the Progressive Era–debates over suffrage as well as their relationship to issues of citizenship, immigration, Jim Crow segregation, urbanization, and nativism. The course will focus on texts, written by a diverse group of women, which present multiple and, at times, conflicting images of the New Woman. Close attention will be paid to the manner in which these women writers constructed their fictions, particularly to issues of language, style, and form. Readings will include texts by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Pauline Hopkins, Anzia Yezierska, and Sui Sin Far.

This is a writing intensive course. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Lecturer Bergoffen.

If Overenrolled: Dean's office will determine who is in most need of this course.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Writing Intensive


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2019