ENG10080 Writing the Body

Academic Year 2022/2023

This course examines prevailing concepts of the body in late nineteenth- and twentieth- and twenty -first century literature. It will focus on a range of social, medical, and political views of the body and will also examine ways in which views of identity have been bound up with assumptions about the divisions between the corporeal and non-corporeal and between objects and selves. The fruitful use made by writers of the tensions between the mind and the body and between the body and society will be examined. The discourses surrounding the body in an array of areas, including science and biomedicine, psychoanalysis, religion, and penal and legal theory. Varying portrayals of the body in different fictional forms will be examined, including gothic stories, the feminist Bildungsroman, modernist novels and novels of decadence, war novels, and dystopian narratives. Topics will include: Sexuality and the body; The body and the aesthetic; Heredity, the family and the body; War, trauma, and the body; The body and space; Criminality and the body; Race and the body; The body and the post-human; The body and history.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module students will: Have a knowledge of a range of texts from the modern period. Be familiar with a range of critical theories on the body. Be able to think critically in relation to concepts of the body. Have improved their ability to engage in seminar discussion. Have written critically about at least two texts on the course.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a small class with frequent discussion. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

ENG10050 Literature in Context I

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: small writing and discussion assignments over the course of the trimester Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Mid-semester essay (1500) Unspecified n/a Graded No


Essay: End of trimester essay (2500) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

After assignments, individual and group feedback will be given.

Reading List:
Oscar Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Oxford, World's Classics, 2008.
Bram Stoker. Dracula. Oxford, World's Classics, 2011.
Pat Barker. The Silence of the Girls. Penguin, 2018.
Kamila Shamsie. Home Fire. Bloomsbury Circus, 2017.

Name Role
Professor Anne Fogarty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Katie Mishler Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Leanne Waters Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 09:00 - 10:50