The Women's Movement and 20th Century Writing

Module Code: EN2010
Module Leader: TBA


The purpose of the module is to explore key premises of the Women’s Movement of the 1960s and ‘70s and the development of second-wave feminism. We will begin by giving close consideration to the work of several noted feminist theorists, applying their thinking to literary texts and analysing the effects of this synthesis. The module will then develop a topic-based approach to exploring significant feminist concerns, covering social, political and cultural issues. The module aims to create a critical and at times provocative forum for evaluating feminist thinking, whilst sustaining a central focus on the intersection of theory and literature.

Core Texts

Selected materials will be made available on Blackboard for use in lectures and seminars. In addition, you will need:

Maggie Humm, Feminisms: A Reader (Brighton: Harvester, 1992).

Literary Texts

Angela Carter, The Passion of New Eve (1977; London: Virago, 1992).

Michael Cunningham, The Hours.

Marilyn French, The Women’s Room (1977; London: Virago, 1997).

Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones' Diary.

Sarah Waters, Tipping the Velvet (London: Virago, 1998).

*Please note that the reading list for this module is subject to change. It is recommended that you do not purchase any books until you have received confirmation of the year’s set texts from the module leader.

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