|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||2 x 3000 word essays||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resumbit failed and/or make good any missing elements|
On completion of this module students should typically be able to:
1. work with feminist theory and undertake feminist literary history;
2. demonstrate a broad knowledge of women's writing of the period 1660-1740;
3. discuss the subject coherently;
4. write about the subject in a well-structured and well-argued manner.
The module will be taught in two-hour weekly seminars, which will be introduced by seminar papers. The final choice of texts will be subject to their availability.
1. to develop an ability to think critically about the way in which literature has traditionally been categorised and to foreground the role of gender in the formation of literary histories;
2. to provide a detailed knowledge of texts which are evidence of alternatives or additions to the accepted canon of eighteenth-century literature;
3. to relate feminist theoretical method directly to literary texts and also to question the assumptions displayed in the theoretical propositions presented.
1. Feminist literary history: an introduction
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929)
2. Representing the woman writer
A selection of poetry by male and female writers which present images of the woman writer and female authorship.
3. Staging Women
Aphra Behn, The Feigned Courtesans (1679); The Lucky Chance (1686)
4. Constructing a Self I
Margaret Cavendish, The Blazing World (1666)
5. Constructing a Self II
Delariviere Manley, The Adventures of Rivella (1714)
6. Politics, Sex and Scandal I
Aphra Behn, The History of the Nun (1689) and Delariviere Manley, The Secret History of Queen Zarah (1705)
7. Politics, Sex and Scandal II
Eliza Haywood, The Adventures of Eovaai (1736)
8-10. Women and Fiction
Eliza Haywood, The British Recluse (1722) and Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze (1725); Jane Barker, Love Intrigues (1713); Penelope Aubin, The Strange Adventures of the Count de Vinevil (1721); Mary Davys, The Reform'd Coquet (1724); Elizabeth Singer Rowe, Friendship in Death (1728).
This module is at CQFW Level 6