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LIT 4386 British and American Literature
by Women

Class 7

Reading Assignment:

    Special Lecture: George Rousseau at 10:30-11:30 AM, Grace Allen Room of Tampa Campus Library, fourth floor. No class at 12:30
    Lady Mary's letters, posted on Blackboard; Post #3 Group A

    Class Objectives:

  • To provide background reading for Professor Rousseau's lecture
  • To introduce Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
  • To discuss issues of clothing, oppression and gender in Eastern and Western perspectives

Notes and Discussion Questions:

Don't forget to start reading Jane Eyre

1. Today's class

To reiterate what I said in class, for those of you who attend the lecture at 10:30, I will give you an extra post credit of 3 points. If you can write your post on the lecture -- any response of 200 words minimum -- I will accept it by the end of the day. Please let me know if you are taking that option. If you have a post due for this class but cannot go to the class, you should read the letters and respond to one of the questions below. If you want credit for attending the lecture, please make sure I see you at the end of the lecture.

2. Lady Wortley Montagu 1689-1762

For more information on her works and background, see Selected Prose and Poetry of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu .

Recall that as a woman from the West, Lady Mary had a privileged view of Turkish society in the early eighteenth century. Throughout her letters, we are aware of the vast sense of otherness she encounters as a Westerner, even as she tries to undo certain stereotypes and demonstrate certain affinities with the people of Istanbul.

In what ways does LMWM characterize herself in these letters? What do we learn about her as a person?

In what ways does LMWM characterize the Turkish women she meets or sees? How are they different from her? How are they the same?

What role does clothing play in LMWM's assessment of the culture of Istanbul? Analyze the assumptions about clothing that she makes.

In what sense does LMWM believe that the veil empowers women? Is she countering any common Western assumptions about the use of the veil? If so, what?

What, according to LMWM, constitutes oppression of women in Turkey? In contrast, what might be oppressive to women of the West?

Would you characterize LMWM as a tourist or an anthropologist? Why?

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