Women in Literature, Culture, and Society, 1850-1900

Module code: EN7126

This interdisciplinary module will introduce students to the exciting range of writings by and about women in the second half of the nineteenth century. Of central concern will be issues surrounding contentious contemporary issues, such as women and domesticity, the delights and dangers of the city, the place of the fallen woman in nineteenth-century society; medical and scientific definitions of woman; the professional woman writer; and feminist and anti-feminist debates. Visual representations will also be used to illuminate textual material. Assessment will be one 3,000 word essay.


  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 140 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 3,000 words (100%)
  • Formative presentation (0%)