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

Module code: EN7126

Module co-ordinator: Dr Claire Brock

This interdisciplinary module will introduce you to the exciting range of writings by and about women in the second half of the nineteenth century. Central concerns will be those 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 writers
  • Feminist and anti-feminist debates

Visual representations will be used to illuminate textual material and students will be encouraged to take advantage of the Library’s digital databases to enhance their understanding of the period.


  • One 4,000-word essay
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