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The Victorian period saw increased attention to women’s issues—such as prostitution, lack of employment opportunities, and limited education—that influenced the literature of the period, yet women’s issues are by no means limited to Queen Victoria’s reign. Drawing on the work of at least three authors from different literary periods, evaluate literary works that show engagement with the women’s issues of their period. How do the texts engage with these issues and argue over them? Compare and contrast how they make their cases.
Please take one reading from each of these three categories: Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Victorian Culture – excerpts from Aurora Leigh (124)
– excerpt from Sarah Stickney Ellis’s Women of England (656)
– excerpt from John Ruskin’s “Of Queen’s Gardens” (661)
Female Poets – Romantic Period – Anna Letitia Barbauld: “Washing-Day” and “The Rights of Woman” – Charlotte Smith: “The Sea View” – Felicia Hemans: “Corinne at the Capitol” Angela Carter – Post-Modernism, Post-Colonialism, and Feminism – “The Tiger’s Bride”
– “The Snow Child”
– “The Werewolf”
– “The Company of Wolves”