General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Proseminar: Victorian women, Victorian feminists 
Language English
Module lecturer dr hab. Agnieszka Setecka, prof. UAM
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of English
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 15-PRO-V-AMU-PIE-11


Module aim (aims)

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Week 1: Introduction to the course: the Victorian period, “the Woman Question”, feminism


Week 2: Writing about women’s rights before the Victorian period: A Vindication 


of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (fragments) 


Week 3: John Ruskin’s ideal of femininity and the figure of an “Angel in the House”


Week 4: Early Victorian women writers: work, education, legal and economic situation of women


Week 5: Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre and the challenge to the Victorian ideal


Week 6: Critical response to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre


Week 7: Selected fragments from other novels by Brontë sisters


Week 8: George Eliot: Mill on the Floss (fragments) and the Woman Question


Week 9: Critical response to George Eliot’s writing  


Week 10: Women writers in autobiographical texts and letters


Week 11: The Langham Place Circle: Women’s political activism and writing


Week 12: New Women writers: selected fragments from the fiction of New Women writers


Week 13: Afterword: A Room of Her Own by Virginia Woolf (fragments)   


Week 14: A Neo-Victorian revision of the Woman Question debate (on the basis of a selected text)


Week 15: A concluding discussion 

Reading list

Selected fragments from: 

Thompson, Nicola Diane and Gillian Beer (eds.) 1999. Victorian Women Writers and the Woman Question. Cambridge University Press. 

King, Jeannette (ed.) 2005. The Victorian Woman Question in Contemporary Fiction. Palgrave Macmillan 

The literary texts and other sources discussed in class