In this course, we study the works of influential British women authors, including Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, Malorie Blackman, Jean Rhys, Angela Carter, Caryl Churchill, Carol Anne Duffy, Andrea Levy and Kate Atkinson. 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, short stories, plays and poetry from a wide range of genres, including experimental fiction, historical fiction, phantasy and realism. We will mainly draw on theories of gender studies, queer studies, literary sociology, life writing and age studies.
The reading list for 2018-2019 will be announced in January.
Make sure to buy these books at De Groene Waterman (Wolstraat 10, Antwerpen), so 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.