Novel and Identity: Women Writers in the Eighteenth Century

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Novel and Identity: Women Writers in the Eighteenth Century

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    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.

    COURSE CONTENT
    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.

    TEACHING METHODS
    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%).

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    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.

    TARGET AUDIENCE
    Students of English Literature 
     

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