English Women Novelists 1800-1900

In this module, we will read seven lively novels by major nineteenth-century women writers and discuss how women writers contributed to the development of the classic realist novel and the gothic novel. Thematic foci include contemporary views of gender, especially the ideologies of “separate spheres” and “the angel in the house”; colonialism and industrialization; social class; and religious agitation and religious doubt. The class will also read and evaluate a few important critical articles concerning the women’s tradition in the English novel.

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