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Feminism and Literature
Familiarise yourself with examples of feminist literary criticism from across the years. Consider recurring themes in feminist literature like politics, society and individualism. Zero in on the relationship between literature and feminism.
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At the completion of this subject, students will be able to demonstrate:
- Discipline-specific knowledge and skills;
- Critical, analytical and integrative thinking;
- Problem-solving and research capability
- Creative and innovative thinking;
- Effective communication;
- Engagement as ethical local and global citizens;
- Social and environmental responsibilty;
- professional and personal judgement and initiative;
- Commitment to continuous learning.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
MAQ-ENGX120-Approaches to English Literature, or MAQ-ENG110 ;
6 credit points of ENG or ENGX subjects at 200 level or higher
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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.
- 800 words (10%)
- 1500 words (20%)
- Reflection Statement 500 words (10%)
- 2000 words (40%)
- Weekly Participation in Online Forums (20%)