‘Moral Anarchists’? the ‘New Woman’ and Victorian fiction
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT283
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online literature course looks at four different examples of the genre known as ‘New Woman’ fiction. It will run over four weekends and will look at four key examples of the genre: The Story of An African Farm (Olive Schreiner, 1883); The Odd Women (George Gissing, 1893); The Heavenly Twins (Sarah Grand, 1893); and Esther Waters (George Moore 1894).
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The emergence and understanding of the ‘new woman’ (and whether she really was ‘new’) and her representation in the fiction of the time.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Understand more fully the role of the New Woman, the ways in which she challenged conventional society, and the different ways in which she is portrayed;.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
All levels are welcome. You will have an interest in Victorian fiction and social issues of the period.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will be a mixture of lectures, discussion and audio-visual material, and there will be plenty of opportunity for students to express their ideas. The only work outside the class is reading the novels in advance.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need copies of the texts All are available as pdfs from Project Gutenberg.
The Story of An African Farm (Olive Schreiner, 1883); The Odd Women (George Gissing, 1893); The Heavenly Twins (Sarah Grand, 1893); and Esther Waters (George Moore 1894).
Other texts may be referred to in discussion. Extracts from other writers may also be supplied for discussion.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other literature courses at www.citylit.ac.uk under History, Culture and Writing/Literature.
Dr Siv Jansson has worked at a range of institutions in the UK and overseas, including Imperial College, The Open University, Royal Holloway (University of London), the University of Greenwich, and Middlesex University, and the University of Auckland. Siv's specialism is English literature, where she has extensive teaching, research and publication experience. She was Literary Advisor on the BBC drama, 'To Walk Invisible' (2016).
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.