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Module Code: ENG217
Module Title: Literature and Gender
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: English
Pre-requisites: ENG105 OR ENG106 OR ENG118 ENG106 ENG105
This module draws on feminist and queer theory to explore the ways in which gender is constructed and represented in British, American and Chinese literature.

We will study a series of texts that explore what it means to be a man or a woman, probe the relationship between gender, sex and sexuality and create what Judith Butler terms ‘gender trouble’ by highlighting the fluidity, multiplicity and performativity of gender in a way that challenges heteropatriarchal norms.

Learning outcomes 
A. Engage with literature in an international context.

B. Relate literature to cultural, social and political issues.

C. Gain an informed awareness of representations of women and gender and debate their contemporary and cross-cultural relevance.

D. Develop skills in argument, persuasion, and analysis.

E. Combine existing skills in close reading (ENG105) with a nuanced use of secondary sources.

F. Structure a coherent and critically informed analysis of literary texts.

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components. Lectures introduce students to relevant knowledge of literature and gender theory. Seminars develop critical discussions about the topic.
Week one: Introduction: Feminist Paradigms and the Contingencies of Gender.

Week two: Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own.

Week three: Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway.

Week four: Katherine Mansfield, short stories.

Week five: Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies.

Week six: Ernest Hemingway, ‘The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber’.

Week seven: Representing Gender in China

Week eight: Eileen Chang, ‘Love in a Fallen City’.

Week nine: Yan Geling, 13 Flowers of Nanjing (The Flowers of War).

Week ten: Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man.

Week eleven: Fay Weldon, The Life and Loves of a She Devil.

Week twelve: Jackie Kay, Trumpet.

Week thirteen: Revision and tutorials.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13    26      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Presentation 20.00
2 Essay 80.00

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