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English Literature : Women novelists and (male) scholarship in the nineteenth century: Mary Shelley and George Eliot

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Valérie Cossy
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2011 -> 2011

Pas d'horaire défini.

Cours-Séminaire

Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0

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Mary Shelley and George Eliot wrote at a time when women's right to education and their access to scholarship were regulated by severe gender restrictions. In this context, it is interesting to observe that each devoted much space in her fiction to the character of the scholar or man of science. This seminar will focus on the characters of Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1817) and Casaubon and Lydgate in George Eliot's Middlemarch (1871-72). We shall look at the ways in which each novelist discusses these characters' scientific pursuits in terms of their manhood and how, so doing, they end up producing a critique of science and knowledge informed by gender. We shall also compare their novels to more recent feminist criticism of science and humanism.

Evaluation

Essay

Bibliographie

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Books have been ordered and are now available at Basta Dorigny:
-Frankenstein in the Penguin Classics edition with introduction and notes by Maurice Hindle,
-Middlemarch in the Oxford World's Classics edition, with an introduction by Felicia Bonaparte

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