Units of Study

ENGL3606 - Fantastical Women

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Jan Elizabeth Shaw

Description

Fantasy provides a space for women writers to explore alternative configurations of self and community. Contemporary fantasy texts by women will be considered, including rewritings of historical legends, and fairy tales and social science fiction. The focus will be on texts which open up the cultural order to illegality and disorder, which explore the forbidden or repressed, and which defamiliarise the familiar. Texts will be read through theorisations of the fantastic and feminisim. Fantasy provides a space for women writers to explore alternative configurations of self and community.

Assessments

1x2000wd annotated bibliography (30%), 1x1500wd presentation discussion and paper (25%) and 1x2500wd essay (45%)

Textbooks

Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
A.S.Byatt, Possession
Joanna Russ, The Female Man
A Resource Book will be available from the University Copy Centre

Classes

1x2-hr seminar/week

Prerequisites

Credit or above in 12 senior credit points of English

Additional Information

This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.

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