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.
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