Faculty of Arts
Nineteenth Century Women Novelists
The nineteenth century was notable for the number and the calibre of women writers it produced. This course looks at the work of a wide selection of these writers: they include such familiar names as Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot and lesser-known figures such as Anne, the third Brontë sister and Mary Ward.
We examine in particular their treatment of the nature and condition of women: issues such as marriage and divorce, education, the role of love in women’s lives, women’s engagement with social issues and female sexuality. We will be drawing on current feminist theoretical approaches to women’s writing as well as discussing the works in the context of the long and lively nineteenth-century debate on what they called the “Woman Question”.
Not taught in 2012
Coordinator(s) Professor Joanne Wilkes
ENGLISH 730: 30.0 points