What kind of syllabus would you put together? What works would you assign? Here are my favorite options right now, kind of a mix between what I actually intend to read in 2014, and what I have read in the past and consider to be the best of this genre written by women.
The Ür-Text: Mary Shelley
Challenger of Middle Earth: Ursula K. LeGuin
"The grand dame of science fiction": Octavia Butler
Steampunk: Erin Morgenstern
Because (full confession) I read the first six volumes but have never read the seventh: J.K. Rowling
The books that forever changed my childhood: Madeline L'Engle
Popular contemporary: Elizabeth Bear
The trilogy, of which this is the concluding volume: Margaret Atwood
A classic steamrollered by the movie industry: P.D. James
For a real challenge: Doris Lessing
Based on the Ozarks: Suzette Haden Elgin
Did you know Virginia Woolf wrote sci-fi under a pen name?
Others I'd like to include but it begins to be more than syllabus length: Lois Lowry, Suzanne Collins, Connie Willis, Angela Carter, Kelly Link, Anne Rice, Susanna Clarke, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne McCaffrey, Patricia Kennealy, and more.
Finally, this one for good measure, which really ought to be science fiction: Rebecca West