ENG3121 - Women in Literature

Year of Study:3 or 4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
The module explores the roles of women as writers, characters and readers of literature across centuries. By considering the relationships between women and literature, the module aims to unearth the representation of womanhood and the transformation of female gender identity and subjectivity in texts. Through surveying a cross-section of literary writings from ancient times to the present day, students will develop the skills to identify dominant themes and motifs, such as the subversive qualities of female voice and sexuality, and subsequently be able to relate them to their literary-cultural context, and to understand, analyse as well as evaluate them critically with the insights given by recent feminist theory.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an informed awareness of the breadth of women literature, and ability to identify recurrent themes within it;

  2. be aware of the transformation of the roles of women in the domain of Western literature (writing, written and reading women) and the development of this kind of writing as genres, and as a topic for academic literary study, within the larger historical and cultural traditions;

  3. demonstrate a capacity to identify and address the specific interpretive and theoretical issues raised by the feminists on the representation of women in the chosen literary texts;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating an informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material acquired both within and outside of literary study context.