Feminism and Literature - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (10%) , Assignment 2 - Reflection statement (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces students to the two terms in the unit title, and investigates the relationships between feminism and literature. Definitions are explored across a variety of English, American and Australian texts from different genres. As well as being an introduction to feminist literary criticism, this unit introduces students to lesser known writings by women, which precede and follow developments in feminist literary criticism. In this way it is part of the recovery of women's writing. The unit also considers the relationships between readers and texts, and focuses on our experiences of reading these texts. Throughout the unit different kinds of feminist analysis are also presented and discussed so that at the end students should have an understanding of the parameters of feminist discourse, where they have come from and where they are now. Central issues considered in relation to feminism and literature include: individualism, politics, history, society, authorship, genre and canons.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the diversity of uses of the word "feminism," and identify and describe key issues that relate to the term  Discipline-specific knowledge and skills
  2. engage in scholarly research and analysis of literary texts
  3. understand texts in their cultural contexts and be alert to their strategies as fictional and ideological works, with particular reference to the gender implications of these texts
  4. engage in a comparative analysis across a broad range of texts and historical contexts
  5. display advanced written skills, and an ability to argue and support a critical point of view.
  • Assignment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Reflection statement (10%)
  • Essay 1 — 1500 word essay (20%)
  • Essay 2 — Research essay (40%)
  • Participation — Forum participation (20%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

6 credit points of ENG or ENGX units at 200 level or higher

This unit addresses the following topics.


This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Beauty Myth , The

    By:Naomi Wolf

    ISBN: 9781784870416


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  • Millenium Hall

    By:Sarah Scott & Gary Kelly

    ISBN: 9781551110158


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  • Handmaid's Tale

    By:Atwood Margaret

    ISBN: 9780099740919


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  • Mary and Maria: AND Matilda

    By:Wollstonecraft and Shelley

    ISBN: 9780140433715


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  • Room Of One's Own


    ISBN: 9780141183534


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