Literature: Late 19th Century New Women Writers - Day School

Ref: C3530147

The 'new woman' was a phenomena that appeared at the end of the 19th century - a sexually transgressive figure who was politically astute and desirous of rights hitherto enjoyed only by men. This course will look at a selection of extracts which depict the new woman as a writer of and character in fiction from the late 19th century.

Course aim

This course will consider the phenomena that was the 'new woman' as she wrote and/or appeared in fiction in the late 19th century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the phenomena that was the 'new woman'.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, and historical context of the new woman.
  • understand aspects of narrative technique.
  • participate in group discussion.
  • critically evaluate primary source material.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • If students have the texts they can bring them but this is not essential; extracts will be provided. See the "Pre-course work, reading and information sources" section for the list of texts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • No pre-reading required. Extracts for discussion will be provided from the following texts: The Heavenly Twins and The Beth Book by Sarah Grand; Keynotes and Discords by George Egerton; Daughters of Decadence - Women Writers of the Fin de Siecle.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Literature: Late 19th Century New Women Writers - Day School

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