Archive for January, 2013

Writing Women in the 20th and 21st Century

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman


Starting on Monday, 28th January, I will be running a course on Writing Women at Kingston University.  My students will be reading a variety of works, both literary and critical by and about women writers in the 20th and 21st century, and will be commenting on those works here.


The first week we will be looking at the following works:


  1. Charlotte Perkins Gilman ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ (1899)
  2. Virginia Woolf A Room of One’s Own (1928)


  1. Dale Spender, “Women and Literary History”


Some of the key questions we will be asking this semester are:

—  Do men and women respond and read differently ?

—  Is there anything essentially feminine or female about what we are reading?

—  How would this story in particular be different if it was told from John’s point of view?

—  How does the form of the story (the symbolism, the narrative voice, the point of view) relate to its content?

—  What does the story tell us about how men and women feel, think, respond and read?

I do hope you will join us in our reading and discussions!