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Wollstonecraft to Jane Austen: Femininity & Literary Culture - CES00004M

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  • Department: Centre for 18th Century Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

  • to introduce students to some of the best writing by British women in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries
  • to explore the relation between languages of sentiment and sensibility and the language of political controversy and debate in the period
  • to introduce students to the skills and techniques of interdisciplinary research

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • a knowledge of the varieties of womens writing of the period across a range of styles and genres
  • an awareness of some of the difficulties and possibilities for women in interacting with public life in the period
  • a knowledge of recent critical and historical work relevant to the topic

Academic and graduate skills

  • the research skills necessary to make good use of research resources available, including historical material such as newspapers and caricatures as well as literary texts
  • the research skills necessary to interdisciplinary study


Task Length % of module mark
4,500 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
4,500 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback, given in Week 5 for original assessment, and within two weeks of submission for re-assessed work

Indicative reading

Mary Wollstonecraft, Political Writings, ed., Janet Todd (London: Penguin, 1994)

Mary Wollstonecraft, Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, eds Tone Brekke and Jon Mee (Oxford: Worlds classics, 2009)

William Godwin, Memoirs of the Author of the Vindication of the Rights of Woman, eds Pamela Clemit and Gina Luria Walker (Broadview, 2001)

Amelia Opie, Adeline Mowbray, or, the Mother and Daughter, ed., Anne McWhir (Broadview, 2009)

Amelia Opie, The Father and Daughter and Dangers of Coquetry, eds Shelley King and John B. Pierce (Broadview, 2003)

Charlotte Smith, Celestina, ed., Lorraine Fletcher (Broadview, 2004)

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