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ENGL 4408 Towards the New Woman in British and Irish Victorian Fiction (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The late nineteenth century saw the flowering of the “New Woman” movement in fiction. It coincided to a degree with First-Wave feminism and the struggle for women’s suffrage. It had literary debts to contremporary writers such as the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen but also to women writers over the previous century from Maria Edgeworth to George Eliot. This course explores those roots while also attending to the work of some of the seminal New-Woman novelists themselves who came from Irish as well as British backgrounds. They include Olive Schreiner, Sarah Grand, Iota, Mona Caird and George Egerton.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): James Murphy

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 30-Jan-17