20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module introduces students to a range of Victorian women poets and the critical and ideological debates that surround their work. Reading the poetry of canonical writers, such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti alongside less familiar works by, for example Mathilde Blind and Amy Levy, students will be encouraged to engage with questions of gender and genre and to think about how women employed different poetic forms and voices to respond to the political, scientific and religious upheavals of the nineteenth century. The module also explores the gender politics of the literary canon and encourages students to consider how a focus on women writers from diverse class, national and ethnic backgrounds might resist powerful narratives about Victorian literature and culture.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students on the BA English Literature and associated dual honours programmes.

Staff Contact: BARTON ANNA J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Presentation

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