ENG-30079 - Freedom and Death: Female Self-Murder in the Nineteenth Century
Coordinator: Jordan L Kistler Tel: +44 1782 7 34591
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2018/19

English Dual Honours (Level 6)
English Major (Level 6)
English Minor (Level 6)
English Single Honours (Level 6)
English and American Literatures Single Honours (Level 6)
English with Creative Writing Single Honours (Level 6)

Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2018/19

To place significant texts of the nineteenth-century canon within relevant cultural and historical contexts.
To provide a firm grounding in feminist literary criticism and its application to nineteenth-century texts.
To compare texts across nationalistic boundaries.
To consider the intersectionality of identity in regards to gender, sexuality, class, and race.
To encourage the application of cross-disciplinary theory and debate to works of the period.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate detailed knowledge of gendered social categories of the period, including the `new womanż, the `angel in the houseż and the `femme fatależ: 1,2,3
Analyse interdisciplinary methodologies, including the medical humanities, and apply these critical theories to literature of the period: 2,3
Select appropriate critical and historical sources and situate nineteenth-century literature within key scholarly debates: 1,3
Articulate key issues of gender, class, and disability in relation to the literature of the period: 1,2,3
Use appropriate scholarly referencing systems and present written work in a scholarly manner: 1,3
Appraise and compare core theories of narratology in relation to nineteenth-century literature: 1,2,3


Study hours

24 hours, comprising 12 x 2-hour seminars; 56 hour seminar preparation; 20 hours Short Paper preparation; 50 hours long essay preparation.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 30%
Short Paper
1,500 word analysis of one text from the course alongside one piece of non-fiction material from the period (this may be newspaper or journal articles, essays, books, etc). Students are asked to locate primary material and demonstrate the relevance of this material to their chosen work of fiction, to provide cultural and historical context to the literary work.

2: Class Participation weighted 10%
Class Participation
Participation is assessed according to effort as well as academic ability; i.e., evidence of preparation in response to set seminar topics, readiness to apply the preparation positively in class discussion, and quality to contributions.

3: Essay weighted 60%
Students will submit a 2,500 word essay which critically explores 2 core texts using appropriate critical and theoretical materials. A list of questions will be supplied in the module document.