ENG4456 – Edith Wharton: Text and Context
This graduate seminar will offer a survey of a representative selection of the fiction of Edith Wharton (1862-1937). The main analytical focus of the course will be on Wharton’s representation of gender and sexuality in a middle- and upper-class setting—European and American—from the 1870s until the 1930s.
Though the seminar will have a largely historical emphasis, another starting point for our analysis will be the narrative structure of each individual text.
After completing this course, you:
- have a detailed understanding of the fiction of the major American author Edith Wharton
- have an understanding of the historical period Wharton is depicting
- can analyze narrative structures in fiction and how they shape the perception of reality, particularly the representation of gender and sexuality
- have advanced skills in scholarly writing
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Admission to the master program in literature, LeP or other suitable master programs.
Seminar, two hours per week for ten weeks, 20 hours in total.
Attendance is obligatory at least 8 out of 10 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator.
Regular attendance and active participation is required, e.g. in the form of one or more oral presentations.
At various points during the semester there are reading weeks without teaching to be used for individual study and work on assignments.
Students are expected to participate actively in the seminar discussions, which are the basis for teaching. Students prepare by studying the primary texts and completing assignments they are given in class or that are posted in Canvas. All handouts in connection with the course will be available in Canvas.
Access to teaching
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
The assessment of the course is based on a term paper of approximately ten pages.
The topic for the term paper will be determined by the teacher and student together. Students are required to submit the term paper at an appointed time. Beforehand, students will be given an opportunity to submit a draft of the term paper and receive individual feedback on both the form and content of the draft.
The final paper must be handed in within a certain date at Fronter.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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
Resit an examination
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.
A term paper that has recieved a pass mark, can not be submitted in a revised version.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.