Module Identifier ENM6020  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Patricia M Duncker  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   Seminar. 2 hours per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 5,000 word essay 


The writing emerging from the women's movement in the 1970s and 1980s demonstrated a collective refusal to be shut out of any kind of discourse; political, theoretical, fictional or poetical. The women who were part of the women's liberation movement refused to be intimidated by experts. We questioned everything that had been said or written about women. If we wanted to read something about our lives, then we had to write it ourselves. The interlinking of political discussion, theoretical reflection, direct action and imaginative writing is a phenomenon common to many revolutionary movements, and it is this that has given British feminism its radical edge. The project of feminist writing was both to think and to write differently, thus an emerging political theory produced new forms of writing which transformed or challenged genres and styles.

This module is an introduction to the writing and ideas of women who were part of that struggle. I have grouped the module texts loosely around issues that were crucial within the British women's movement, the debates around which generated original theoretical persepctives and new forms and themes within feminist writing.

1. Introduction: The British Women's Liberation Movement

   Germaine Greer "The Female Eunuch" (1970); see also 'The Slag Heap Erupts' from "The Madwoman's Underclothes" (1986);
   Kate Millett, "Sexual Politics" (1970); Lilian Mohin, ed, "One Foot on the Mountain: British Feminist Poetry" 1969-1979 (1979);
   Rhonda Cobham and Merle Collins, eds, "Watchers and Seekers: Creative Writing by Black Women in Britain" (1987)

2. Sexuality and Identity

   "Heterosexuality": "A Feminism and Psychology Reader" Eds. Celia Kitizinger & Sue Wilkinson (1993); "Theorising
   Heterosexuality", ed, Diane Richardson (1996); and "Love Your Enemy? The Debate between Heterosexual Feminism and
   Political Lesbianism" (1981); Audre Lorde "Zami: A New Spelling of My Name" (1982); Mary Dorcey "A Noise From the
   Woodshed" (1989) and/or "Biography of Desire" (1998)

3. Feminist Fiction and Feminist Theology: Rewriting Myths

   Mary Daly "Beyond God the Father: Towards a Philosophy of Women's Liberation" (1973) and Daphne Hampson "Theology
   and Feminism" (1990); Sara Maitland "Telling Tales" (1983) 'Lilith', 'Of Deborah and Jael' and 'The Lady Artemis' and "A Book
   of Spells" (1987) 'Triptych'; Michelene Wandor "Gardens of Eden" (1984); Michele Roberts, "The Wild Girl" (1984)

4. The Pornography Debate: Theory and Thrillers

   Andrea Dworkin "Pornography: Men Possessing Women" (1981); Eds. Lynne Segal and Mary McIntosh "Sex Exposed:
   Sexuality and the Pornography Debate" (1992); Sarah Dunant, "Transgressions" (1997)

5. The Literature of Resistance: Sexual Violence

   Liz Kelly "Surviving Sexual Violence" (1988); Deborah Cameron and Elizabeth Frazer "The Lust to Kill" (1987); Anna Wilson
   "Altogether Elsewhere" (1985)


This module is at CQFW Level 7