The madwoman in the attic talks back: Kate Chopin, Virginia Woolf and Jean Rhys ADED11552

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course covers a range of women's literature from the turn of the 20th century to the late 1960s. Focussing on selected works by Kate Chopin, Virginia Woolf and Jean Rhys, we will explore nostalgia, identity, class, race and the evolving female subject.


Block 3

10 weeks

Thursday, 18.00-20.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Highlight key issues of race, class and gender in the selected texts

■ Provide analyses of how Modernist concerns (e.g. time) informed some of the key issues in the selected texts.

■ Reveal comparative analyses between the writers, looking at close readings from the selected texts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify the ways in which writing by the selected authors addresses issues of race, class and gender.

■ Critically consider the selected texts through close readings.

■ Describe key aspects of Modernist literature in connection with the selected texts (including literary techniques such as interior stream of thought, flashback and prolepsis)

■ Identify key themes/concerns of feminist writing in the contexts given.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.