Contact: Mr Benjamin Dawson Overlap: None Prerequisite: None
In this module we will focus on what it meant to be a woman writing in the Romantic period: what opportunities and constraints did a female author face compared to her father, brother, husband or friend? We will begin by examining contemporary views about the kind of education women should receive, and ideas of femininity that influenced their writing. Then will read a range of novels, poems and other works, considering how women writers negotiate with the conventional limits of propriety, how they adapt established literary conventions for their own use, how they explore through realism, romance and fantasy the roles and opportunities available to women within the domestic sphere, and how they engage with public issues such as slavery. Authors studied on the module may include: Anna Barbauld, Maria Edgeworth, Elizabeth Inchbald, Ann Radcliffe, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Smith, and Germaine de Staël, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Dorothy Wordsworth. During the second semester there will be an opportunity to focus in depth on a smaller selection of writers. Not open to Associate Students who are at Queen Mary for semester 2 only.
Connected course(s): UDF DATA Assessment: 100.0% Coursework Level: 5