Teaching GuideTerm
Faculty of Philology
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Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
  English Literature and Gender
Topic Sub-topic
1. The politics of writing: The question of gender in English literature
2. Myths of womanhood (and manhood).
3. Gender and the canon.
4. Introduction to early women writers. Reception and censorship. Pros and amateurs.
5. The 20th century: Female aesthetics. Gay Studies.
1. Characters and writers. The male perspective.
2. Heroes and Heroines in western culture. A brief view, focusing on the periods from Elizabethan to modern times. (Greek and ancient Christian cultures too.)
3. The role of Angloamerican/French feminist criticism and Gay Studies.
4. Individual writers. Aphra Behn, Mary Astell, Mary Wollstonecraft, Hannah Moore, Jane Austen and the eighteenth-century novel by women.
5. Modern Feminism(s)

Compulsory readings:

John Vanbrugh, The Relapse
Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility (and) Pride and Prejudice
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Kazuo Ishiguro. "Crooner" and "Nocturne" in Nocturnes: Five Stories
Optional: Hotel du Lac, by Anita Brookner
I. Gender and sexuality.
II. Gender, class and ethnicity.
III. Patriarchy and its stigmas.

Passages from Vanbrugh, Austen, Gilman, Brookner and Ishiguru.
A few passages from other textos: by Astell, Wollstonecraft, Meredith, Woolf, Cisneros, Gilbert & Gubar, etc.
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