You may, If you wish, discuss the same text/thinker in a summative assignment as you have discussed in a piece of formative assignment, but you must not reproduce in part or whole any of your formative assignment in your summative assignment. You should note that in the examination for this module, you will not be permitted to answer a question relating to material on which you have submitted an assessed essay.
You will receive guidance and support in the writing of your summative essay in the following ways:
- Refresher workshop on essay-writing skills (Weds 18th November, Teaching Grid, 1 – 2.30 pm). This is OPTIONAL
- There will be some discussion of assessment for this module during the course of the module programme itself.
- Students taking 15 CATs modules in term 2 will receive feedback on their work in week 7 of term 3. All marks received at this stage will be provisional. Please note that you are welcome to come and see me in my office hours to discuss your performance once you have received the feedback for your assessed work.
Your essay titles
You are required to write one essay of 2,000-2,500 words (including quotations but excluding footnotes and bibliography) on one of the following subjects.
These are summative essay titles, which means that the mark for this essay will count toward your end-of-year assessment and your degree classification.
1. How far, and in what ways, may any two of the writers studied during this module be described as a feminist writer?
2. Discuss the representation of any one of the following in at least two of the texts studied: family life; sexuality; men; the figure of the mother; writing.
3. 'It is a mistake to view gender in isolation from other, equally significant social realities, such as class, race or sexuality.' Discuss, with reference to any two of the texts studied.
4. 'Writing fiction is essentially about imagining alternatives to conventional reality.' Discuss, with reference to any two of the texts studied
5. 'Women writers always seem to write about their own experiences.' How far do you agree? Is this to be welcomed or regretted in your view? Discuss with reference to any two of the texts studied.
6. 'On ne naît pas femme, on le devient'. Examine the ways in which any two of the texts studied bear out Simone de Beauvoir's famous comment.
7. With reference to any two of the texts studied, examine the ways in which the struggles and preoccupations of women writers have changed over the course of the period covered by this module.