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ENGL3033 Writing and Gender in Seventeenth-Century England

20 creditsClass Size: 56

School of English

Module manager: Dr Jane Rickard

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

ENGL32998 Writing and Gender in Seventeenth-Century England

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

How was the relationship between gender and speech or writing debated in seventeenth-century England? What opportunities were available to women as participants in literary culture? And how did male writers engage with their female counterparts? This module will explore how women wrote and were written across a range of literary genres, including plays, poetry, and polemic.


The module will introduce a range of female and male writers; cover a variety of literary genres, including plays, poetry, and prose; and span the seventeenth century. It will ask students to consider the critical and theoretical issues raised by study of the relationship between gender, writing, and reading. It will deepen understanding of the social and material conditions that affected all writers in this period.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. demonstrate knowledge about the varied roles that women played in the literary culture of seventeenth-century England.
2. analyse the social and material conditions that affected all writers in early modern England and the key changes that occurred over the seventeenth century.
3. engage critically with current debates about the relationship between gender, writing, and reading.
4. articulate understanding about how critical neglect of women's writing has limited our understanding of seventeenth-century literary culture.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

1. Conduct independent research, gathering information from a range of sources, and engaging in good academic practice in referencing their sources.
2. Produce independent arguments demonstrating advanced proficiency in critical thinking and writing skills.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours185.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly dialogue in small-group seminars; opportunities for one-to-one meetings in tutors’ weekly support hours; opportunities to meet with departmental Writing Mentors; individual written feedback on first assignment informing work on second assignment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2250 words50.00
Essay2250 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/05/2024


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