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This subject is designed to introduce graduate students to a sequence of key women's texts across major historical periods. The set readings, which are all considered ‘seminal’ in feminist literary studies, span a number of different genres: polemic, memoir, epistolary non-fiction, the essay and the novel. Combining theoretical approaches with cultural history and careful close reading, the course is designed to trace continuity and change in the arguments and imaginaries of some of Britain's most influential women writers from the Enlightenment through to the early twentieth century.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- enhanced knowledge of the topic or area of scholarship taught in the module;
- an ability to reflect upon their own research work in relation to the content of the module; and
- enhanced engagement with leading-edge research in Arts today.
The subjects will contribute, through teaching and discussion with academic staff and peers, to developing the skills and capacities identified in the University-defined Graduate Attributes for the PhD, in particular:
- the capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of specialist knowledge;
- an advanced ability to evaluate and synthesise research-based and scholarly literature; and
- an advanced understanding of key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary norms and perspectives relevant to the field.
Last updated: 2 December 2019