Women's Writing

Ref: C3744619

Women’s Writing Do women write differently and what are the distinctive features of women's writing? How has stereotyping and prejudice affected the reception of women’s writing over time? How has feminist theory and scholarship contributed to the re-evaluation and recovery of works by female authors? This course will explore the strategies which women writers have employed to support the development, publication and promotion of their literary work. We will analyse works by a range of authors, including: the Brontë sisters, H.D (Hilda Doolittle), Michael Field (Edith Emma Cooper, Katherine Harris Bradley), and Virginia Woolf. We will also explore the relationship between women's writing, literary forms and aesthetic movements.

Course aim

To give students a through grounding in and appreciation of nineteenth and twentieth-century women's writing. To provide an introduction to feminist approaches to the study of literature and other critical approaches.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • This course is for students interested in the links between gender and writing. Some previous study of literature, social history or philosophy would be helpful (but not essential). A good level of spoken and written English is needed for full participation.

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

  • To give a short presentation on a key author, theme or text of their choice, supported by the tutor.
  • To list key dates, biographical information and features of gendered writing.
  • Be able to read a relevant piece of literature within a class test without using extra materials.
  • Use creative learning methodologies and exercises to provide interdisciplinary perspectives: for example, be adept at working with craft tools and everyday objects within a mini-seminar session
  • Students will be able to list 2 or more authors for further study (where appropriate).

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Students will be required to access core literary texts

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • We will be using Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own as a key text - ideally students will need to have read this essay before starting the course. Suggested reading list:

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Women's Writing

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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