Wives, Mothers, Rebels, Others: Women in American History and Literature

Wives, Mothers, Rebels, Others: Women in American History and Literature

This course takes seriously Gerda Lerner’s important observation, “Women have always made history as much as men have, not ‘contributed’ to it, only they did not know what they had made and had no tools to interpret their own experience.” We will examine several key points in American history through the works—and words—of the women who made American history and American literature. On the history side, we will explore movements such as Republican motherhood, abolition, suffrage, temperance, civil rights, and intersectionality. On the literature side, we will examine how these historical events are both facilitated and complicated by women’s writing. Our literary readings will show how a range of styles (sentimental fiction, slave narrative, the Gothic tale and the ghost story; political satire; the bildungsroman, or coming of age novel) can both reinforce and undermine the topics they explore, such as domesticity, liberty, marriage, suffrage, education, and economic independence. Literary writers may include Susanna Rowson, Harriet Jacobs, Edith Wharton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Anita Loos and Toni Morrison.

Tuition & Fees


Audit (25 in-service hours): $694

Credit (2 semester hours master’s-level credit): $1304

Room & Board

Double-occupancy air conditioned room with semi-private bath and all meals: $475

Single-occupancy room with corridor bathroom and all meals: $475

Airport ground transportation between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the Ashland University campus is included at no additional charge.


July 3, 2022 -
July 8, 2022
4:30 PM
3:30 PM
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