|Module Title||WOMEN, WRITING, HISTORY: 1660-1740|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Sarah Prescott|
|Course delivery||Seminars / Tutorials||20 Hours 10 x 2 hrs|
|Assessment||Continuous assessment||2 essays (2,500 words each)||100%|
|Resit assessment||Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.|
This module will look at what questions are raised by a study of women's writing in this period such as whether it is possible to construct a female literary tradition separate from male writing; how conceptions of female literary authority change through history; how women writers construct their authorial identities; how this self-fashioning shapes the work they produce; and what relation women writers have to the genres they employ. A range of writing from poetry, drama, romance, novel, political satire, autobiography and letter writing will be employed to examine constructions of female authorship.
Feminist literary history presents a major challenge to traditional accounts of Restoration and early eighteenth-century literature, but what other questions are raised by a study of women's writing in this period? Is it possible (or desirable) to construct a female literary tradition that is separate from male writing? How do conceptions of femininity and female literary authority change through history? How do women writers construct their authorial identities and how does this self-fashioning shape the work they produce? What relation do women writers have to the genres they employ? To investigate these questions we will study a range of writing from poetry, drama, romance and the novel to political satire, autobiography and letter writing. In addition, the module will examine some of the key theoretical propositions of feminist theory and consider whether current models of feminist criticism and literary history help to explain the constructions of female authorship and women's writing under scrutiny. The module will be taught in two hour weekly seminars, which will be introduced by seminar papers.