Love, Marriage, Education: Theories About Women from Rousseau to Beauvoir
Classic debates about women’s place in the family and society from 1789 to to 1949. Focus on three historical periods: 1790-1810; 1860-1880; 1920-1950, and two countries: France and England. Key texts by Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir will be placed in conversation with literature and philosophy from their own time. Thus Wollstonecraft will be examined with Descartes, Rousseau, Mme de Staël and Hegel, while Mill will be read with Henry James and Henrik Ibsen. The course will develop the skills required to read philosophy with literature, and literature with philosophy.