Novel and Identity: Women Writers in the Eighteenth Century


Course Objective

The course aims to introduce a number of critical theories and explore
the narrative structures of four 'classic' novels written by Eliza
Haywood, Anne Radcliffe, Mary Shelley and Jane Austen as examples of
early feminist writings. Students will develop skills in applying a
specific cultural theory to texts and learn how to engage in an in-class
discussion using an academic discourse.

Course Content

The Course will chart the history and development of women's writing in
the Long Eighteenth Century. The course content will focus on the
development of the novel as a genre in general and the ways in which it
becomes pivotal in the expression and of women's identity in British
culture from 1688-1820.

Teaching Methods

Each week: Lecture/ seminar (1x 2hrs), Seminar format (1x 2hrs), and
Practicum (1x 2 hrs). Total 6 hrs p/w.
The practicum will be in the form of a practical task based exercise
(the details of which will be outlined at the beginning of the course).

Method of Assessment

Final Essay 2-2,500 words.

Entry Requirements

Students must have taken part in the modules “Literature, Culture, and
Society” and “Literary Theory" in order to be registered for this


Daniel Defoe 'Moll Flanders' (1722)
Jane Austen 'Mansfield Park' (1814)
Jane Austen 'Northanger Abbey' (1817)
Mary Shelley 'Frankenstein' (1818)

Target Audience

Students of Literature & Society: English.

Additional Information

Attendance is compulsary.

Custom Course Registration

For this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for the module and the exam, but not for the seminar groups.

Recommended background knowledge

Due to the high level of this course, students will need to have a
thorough and proven knowledge of Literary Theory at minimum 200 level to
follow this course.

General Information

Course Code L_ELBALES213
Credits 6 EC
Period P5+6
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. A.S. Raghunath
Examiner dr. A.S. Raghunath
Teaching Staff dr. A.S. Raghunath

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Practical, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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