Book Title: Say Her Name: Discovering Women’s Voices in History
Book Description: In this text, students will be reading and thinking critically about work written by and about women over about a 1500 year period. From non-fiction to drama to poetry and short fiction, students will study many different kinds of literature from a variety of voices and perspectives.
In this text, students will be reading and thinking critically about work written by and about women over about a 1500 year period. From non-fiction to drama to poetry and short fiction, students will study many different kinds of literature from a variety of voices and perspectives.
The text begins with an introduction to reading literature and applying critical theory, especially feminist critical theory, to literature.
The next section of the text focuses on Medieval Literature, with a time span ranging from about the 600s to the 1300s. First, readers learn about the origins of Folklore and Fairy Tales, reading work from Marie de France. Next, readers discover more about the history of medieval women writers, especially contemplative literature written by nuns. In this section, readers will read excerpts from texts by Leoba, Dhuoda, and Julian of Norwich. This latter part of the text draws heavily on sections from Dr. Palmer’s PhD work.
The third section of the text focuses on Restoration Comedy in the long 18th century (from about the mid 1600s to 1800). Dr. Palmer has based this section of the text on her experience in her graduate literature courses, drawing from her own writing for the text here. Students will read work from George Etherege and Aphra Behn in this section, comparing the ways in which a male and female author represent women in drama.
Finally, the text covers modern literature–poetry and short fiction–from the 1800s to the present. In this section, readers get a brief overview of the Romantic, Realist, Modernist, Post Colonialist, and Contemporary literary periods. Students will get to read a wide selection of poetry and short fiction from each of these periods.
I hope that as students discover the voices of women, they will see that women have a much larger part to play in history than they are normally given credit for. By reading their work, saying their names today, we are giving their voices new life.
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