“Teaching is performed in generosity; learning is accomplished in joy.” -Louise Cowan, PhD

Aurelia Ann VonTress

In this course, we will be reading various narratives that engage the idea of crossing boundaries, from physical boundaries to borders to social and moral boundaries. We will be specifically looking at texts that explore the roles of women in crossing such boundaries and the repercussions they face for speaking out or crossing over.

The goals of this course are:
• To instill a love and appreciation of literature and an understanding of literary analysis.
• To train students to think broadly as citizens of the world, exploring the texts and ideas of other cultures and places.
• To explore and understand literary traditions and themes within the texts we discuss. 


  • Selections from Borderlands by Gloria Anzaldua
  • Emma by Jane Austen (English, 1815)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (English, 1847)
  • Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern (American, 1854)
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Russian, 1866), Pevear Translation
  • Caballero by Jovita Gonzales (Mexican-American, 1930)
  • The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Dominican, 1966)
  • The God of Small Things by Arudhati Roy (India, 1997)
  • The Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie (Nigerian, 2003)
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (Japanese, 2005) 
  • "Now Let Us Shift" by Gloria Anzaldua

ENGL 2220: World Literature Since 1700

Stepping Over: Narratives of Women Crossing Boundaries and Speaking Out