Module Identifier ENM6320  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Richard J Marggraf-Turley  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Co-Requisite ENM0120 , ENM0220 , 3 other MA option modules  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   2 Hours 5 x 2 hour seminars using a workshop format with interactive teaching and group work  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 1 X 5000 word essay 
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 5000 word essay 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should typically be able to:

1. demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of a range of poetry by Victorian women writers;

2. demonstrate an ability to discuss the difficulties and advantages of treating the work of 'women poets' as a separate category of poetry;

3. demonstrate an understanding of some of the ways in which traditionally male forms of poetry are used by women poets;

4. demonstrate an ability to express themselves clearly in writing and in speech.

Brief description

This module wil consider the difficulties specific to women poets in the Victorian period, and will consider the literary strategies that a range of women poets used to overcome such problems. Students will consider the subject matters and forms traditionally available to women poets, and the difficulties that they faced in writing about politics or sexuality, or, indeed, about their own lives as poets


This module aims:

1. to introduce students to a range of poetry by Victorian women writers, some of which has long been accepted into the canon, and some of which still has marginal status;

2. to discuss the difficulties and advantages of treating 'women poets' as a category separate from mainstream poetry;

3. to develop an understanding of the ways in which traditionally male forms, such as the sonnet, can be used and subverted to suit the needs of women writers.


Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Christina Rossetti (Jan Marsh, ed.) (1994) The Poems and Prose Everyman
Isobel Armstrong, Joseph Bristow, Cath Sharrock (eds.), (1998) Noneteenth-Century Women Poets - An Oxford Anthology Oxford University Press
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1995) Aurora Leigh Penguin


This module is at CQFW Level 7