This course will explore the often difficult relationship between women and what has been traditionally known as the feminine sphere of home and hearth. In the context of Britain in the early twentieth century, we will look at how British women writers have dealt with their ambiguous relationships to love, marriage and domesticity from the spinster to the married family woman to the independent working woman. Along the way, we will also explore how modernity made an impact on the lives of women and examine how feminine identity was constructed in this period.
- Another approach in feminist literary criticism - historicism: what is the relationship between history and literature
- Women in a specific historical period ?1900-1939: The spinster, the working woman, the domestic woman
- The feminine sphere: What was it like for women to be located in the home? Identified only as a wife and mother?
- Modernity and women: how did modernity affect women?
The format will be a 1-hour lecture, followed by a 1-hour workshop each week. Workshop questions will be released later. There will also be 7 tutorial sessions where students will be asked to lead a group discussion and make a brief presentation.
This course is 100% coursework and your final grade will depend on:
10% attendance and class participation
15% student-led discussion and presentation
35% mid-term essay
40% take-home exam
These are some of the texts we will be looking at in this course:
Katherine Mansfield, ‘Daughters of the Late Colonel’
Winifred Holtby, The Crowded Street (extracts)
E.M. Delafield, The Diary of a Provincial Lady (extracts)
Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver (extracts)
Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca
Dorothy Richardson, Pilgrimage (extracts)
Virginia Woolf , ‘Street Haunting’ and ‘Slater’s Pins have no Points’