ENG4363 - Women Writing: Feminist Fiction in English

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Course content

This is a course in English-language feminist fiction from the nineteenth and/or twentieth century. Students will study a selection of novels and/or short stories that focus on women’s lives and reflect on what it means to be a woman and a feminist from various sexual, racial, class, and national perspectives.

The course will consider the development and thematics of feminist fiction and its contribution to the development of new narrative techniques.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • know some of the developments, themes, and narrative strategies of English-language feminist fiction
  • can analyse literary texts through the perspective of gender
  • know the central points of a selection of feminist theory, and can use it as a context for reading literary texts
  • can use secondary literature in your own research
  • can analyse and engage in theoretical and scholarly debates about feminist fiction


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Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2323 - Women Writing: Feminist Fiction in English


Seminar, 2 hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.

In addition to the 14 seminars, you will also have the opportunity to attend two voluntary additional 2-hour tutorials, which will focus on developing research skills and engaging with secondary literature and theoretical texts.

Attendance is obligatory 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator.

You may either write a qualification essay (between 1 500 and 2 000 words), or apply to make a 10-minute presentation during the student symposium at the Literature and Rights symposium. Your presentation should be on a subject within the course syllabus, as well as on the general theme of literature and rights. If there are more applications than available presentation slots, applications will be chosen at random, and those not chosen will write a qualification essay as usual instead. Like students writing qualification essays, students who give presentations will have the chance to submit a draft paper beforehand for feedback. Students who give presentations will be informed of whether their presentation has been approved after the symposium.

Your qualifying paper or oral presentation must be accepted by the teacher in order for you to hand in your exam. It is obligatory to hand in a first draft of your semester paper.


Three day take-home exam.

The assignment will be published in Inspera, and must be submitted in Inspera.

Previously given exams

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018

This course is offered irregularly


Autumn 2018

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