Novel and Identity: Women Writers in the Eighteenth Century
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
The course aims to introduce a number of critical theories and explore the narrative structures of six '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.
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.
Each week: Lecture/ seminar (1 x2hrs) Seminar format (1x 2hrs) Practicum (1x2 hrs) 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)
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Compulsory attendance (20%)
Seminar Participation (20%)
Final Essay 2-2,500 words (60%).
Students must have taken part in the modules “Literature, Culture, and Society” and “Literary Theory" in order to be registered for this course.
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.
Students of English Literature
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