Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Sense and Sexuality: Women and Writing in the Eighteenth Century

Module Q3097

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module explores the representation of women, and the construction of female sexuality and feeling, in a wide range of eighteenth-century writing. Addressing fictional and non-fictional writing by both women and men, from novels, medical works, advice books for women, and erotic literature, the module explores contemporary debates about the place of women in society, proper and improper conduct, and the place of sexuality (both socially-sanctioned and otherwise). A central concern will be attitudes to female 'feeling', from sexual passion to 'sensibility', and the ways in which 'feeling' of various kinds enables conformity to, or critical interrogation of, a larger social and cultural order. Attention will also be paid to the relationship between bodies and passion, the social 'disciplining' of feeling, and the relationship between emotion and gender. Whilst study will be focused on literary works, these will be supplemented with a range of generically-varied contextualising sources to enable students to connect novels and poems to contemporary debates and attitudes.

Module learning outcomes

Explain how texts create or enact their meaning.

Display an understanding of the ways in which texts a) are transmitted through literary and cultural institutions and b) are translated between different cultures, linguistic systems and periods.

Communicate effectively, in critical and/or creative modes, an understanding of the ways in which texts are re-presented creatively through acts of reading, interpretation and performance.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 2 70.00%
PortfolioT2 Week 7 30.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Emma Newport

Assess convenor, Convenor

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

Miss Trudy Cadman

Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

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