Department of English UG Module Directory (2020)

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ESH393

Feminism(s)

Level 6 (30 credits)

This module engages with contemporary feminist thought and literature, steering a course through the literary criticism, history, and theory of feminism. It examines the significant debates and key concepts of feminist thought through a range of literary, political, and philosophical texts and encourages students to develop their own critical understanding of gender and equality issues in the contemporary period. Students are invited to explore the impact of feminist approaches to literary criticism, to understand the critical feminist project in its own terms, and to examine feminism in relation to race, intersectionality, sexuality, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, neo-liberalism and international feminism.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

We will study a combination of feminist theory, political and social commentary, and literature over the two semesters on the module. Most of the primary non-fiction and some of the shorter literature will be available in the module pack. I will attempt to make the module pack available to you as soon as possible.

Required literary texts that can be purchased/read over the summer include:

For semester one:

Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus

Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye

Anaïs Nin's Delta of Venus

For semester two: 

Jeanette Winterson's Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl

Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts



Primary texts (for both semesters) costing up to £55 if purchased new. Note that these costs can be reduced by purchasing items second-hand, or borrowing them (if possible). 

 
Learning Context Long Seminar
Semester 1 and 2
Assessment

1. Small-group Presentation, 10%
2. Assignment (2,000 words), 20%
3. Learning Journal (2,000 words), 20%
4. Essay (3,000 words), 50%

ESH393A
A1. Assignment (2,000 words), 45%
A2. Essay (2,000 words), 55%

ESH393B
B1. Learning journal (2,000 words), 45%
B2. Essay (2,000 words), 55%

Mode of reassessment Standard
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