Love Wars: Gender, Writing and Society, 1660-1789 A

Module code: EN2050

This module introduces you to authors and genres from the lively period that began with the Restoration of Charles II in 1660, and featured scurrilous satire, the arrival of best-selling novels, and the rise of professional women writers.  Among the texts you'll encounter are the scandalous poems of the Earl of Rochester and Daniel Defoe's novel of intrigue Roxana (1724).

Topics covered

  • Libertinism
  • The early novel
  • Changing fashions of poetry
  • Interrogation of gender roles
  • Manuscript circulation and the development of print culture


  • 8 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
  • 2 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour of supervised time in lab/studio/workshop
  • 131 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 2500 words (100%)