Suffrage and Reform: Seneca Falls to the Nineteenth Amendment
The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 marked the culmination of a seventy years struggle for women's suffrage in the United States. During the semester we will investigate the complex web of discursive formations that were created in this period in order to bring about social change. We will consider just how and why arguments for suffrage were modified over time, the connection between rhetoric and political action, and the role of aesthetic education in bringing about social transformation. Readings will include political writings by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Carrie Chapman Catt; fiction by Sarah Orne Jewett, Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Willa Cather; drama by Susan Glaspell; and a range of historical, critical, and theoretical texts.