In this course, we study the works of influential British women authors, including Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, Angela Carter, Sarah Waters, Kate Atkinson and Zadie Smith. The authors we study have not only been praised for their innovative literary works and experimental styles, but several of them have also reflected - either in their fiction, or in essays and interviews - on the position of women, and women writers in particular, in history and contemporary society. We alternate a critical analyses of their literary production with a discussion of these non-fictional works. The reading list includes novels and short stories from a wide a range of genres, including experimental fiction, historical fiction, fairy tales and realism. We draw on theories of gender studies, queer studies, literary sociology, life writing and age studies.
Virginia Woolf, Orlando
Doris Lessing, Martha Quest
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Sarah Waters, The Night Watch
Carol Anne Duffy, The World’s Wife
Kate Atkinson, Life after Life
Andrea Levy, Small Island
Make sure to boy these books at De Groene Waterman (Wolstraat 10, Antwerpen) to make sure you have the right edition and get a student discount.
Additional short stories and critical articles will be available on Blackboard and via Project Muse.