- Code GEND2024
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Gender Studies
- Areas of interest Gender Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course is designed to introduce students to concepts, critical approaches and methods that are central to gender studies in the Humanities. It will achieve this by focusing on a literary text, Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre. This text, which has been important in the development of feminist scholarship since the 1970s, has also attracted a non-academic readership, influencing media such as the popular romance and cinema. Using Jane Eyre and its extensive critical commentary as a springboard, the unit will investigate such topics as gender, representation, sexuality, race, class, madness, marriage and the law. Other texts to be studied in conjunction with the novel will include Jean Rhys’s ‘prequel’ to Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, (1966) and Jane Campion’s 1992 film The Piano and other recent texts such as Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair (2001).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
- Understand interdisciplinary humanities approaches to the study of a canonical literary text.
- Understand the changing interpretations of Jane Eyre over time, reflecting changing socio-political and literary-theoretical concerns.
- Appreciate the range of cinematic and dramatic adaptations of Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea and related texts.
- Understand key texts and methods of feminist literary criticism.
- Develop critical vocabulary for analyzing literature.
- Improve skills of textual analysis of literature.
This course would count towards an English or Gender, Sexuality and Culture major.
- Comparative critical analysis of two articles (1000 words: 20% ) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6]
- Textual analyses (750 words: 20%;) [Learning Outcomes 1, 5, 6]
- Final essay (1750 words: 40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-6]
- Tutorial presentation: (500 words: 10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6]
- Tutorial participation: (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-6]
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1.5 hours of lectures and film screenings, and 1 hr tutorial per week and associated working time to a total of 120 hours over the semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (Broadview edition)
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