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EN913 - Feminist Literary Theory

  • Module code: EN913
  • Module name: Feminist Literary Theory
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 20, 30, 36, 45

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This course considers some of the most important debates and trends in feminist literary theory of the last 3 decades. The field is situated in a trans-national frame and we begin with an examination of the parameters which structured Anglo-American and French feminist literary criticism in the 1980s. However, from the outset our focus will also be on the conflicts and collaborations engaged between ‘western’, ‘multicultural’ and ‘third world’ feminisms. Feminist literary theory has developed itself from a diverse range of knowledges, initially including Marxism, psychoanalysis and liberalism and subsequently gay and lesbian knowledges, queer theory, post-colonial theory and post-modernism. The impact of each on feminist literary theory and the canons it has constructed will be considered.

Timetabled teaching activities

2 hour weekly seminar

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: EN913-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
30 CATS (Module code: EN913-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
36 CATS (Module code: EN913-36)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
45 CATS (Module code: EN913-45)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • in World Literature (Q2PE) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught English Literature (Q3P1) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Philosophy and Literature (V7P7) - Year 2