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FASS626 Feminist Literary and Cultural Theory


Module description

This short series of lunchtime lectures has been set up in response to a recent upsurge in demand for more teaching and debate on the history, theory and practice of feminist scholarship from both undergraduate and postgraduate students. It has therefore been decided to make these lectures 'open' and accessible (i.e., interested UG as well MA and PhD students will all be invited to attend) . The purpose of the lectures is to provide information on the history and politics of a range of feminist schools/approaches along with their associated methodology / textual practice since the evolution of feminist scholarship over the past 40 years is arguably becoming lost to new generations of feminist scholars. The lectures will be given by a consortium of colleagues from across the Faculty but with a focus on the way in which feminism has impacted on the analysis of literature and culture. The different schools/approaches to be discussed are likely to include: materialist feminisms; post-structuralist feminism; feminism and psychoanalysis; 'French Feminism'; feminism in performance; queer theory.

NB Please also note that several 'feminist' modules are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the Faculty under the auspices of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies (CGWS) through the Sociology Department. Students from all FASS departments are welcome to sign up for these courses. Contact Dr Celia Roberts or Dr Imogen Tyler for more details.

The full list of lectures is as follows:

Week 5: Telling the Story of Feminist Theory's Recent Past - Lynne Pearce (English & Creative Writing)

Week 6: Feminism and Psychoanalysis - Hilary Hinds (English & Creative Writing)

Week 7: Feminist Cultural Materialism - Liz Oakley-Brown (English & Creative Writing)

Week 8: Feminism and Poststructuralism - Lynne Pearce (English & Creative Writing)

Week 9: Queer Theory - Debra Ferreday (Sociology)

Week 10: Performativity and Performance - Alison Findlay (English & Creative Writing) and Gerry Harris (LICA)


Reading list

Many lectures will include bibliographies of further reading which we will post on the site following the lecture.


Timing and Location




07/11/13 - 12/12/13

Number of sessions:

6 x 1 hour sessions

Timing and Location:

Thursdays, 1.00-2.00, Management School Lecture Theatre 3


Additional information

Minimum quota: 6

Maximum quota: 100

Charge to non-FASS departments: £130


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