English - Elective 2, topic 3: Governesses and the Gothic

Course content

This course will explore three novels and a short story all which may in their own way be seen in the context of governesses and the governess novel.

 We will be discussing the representation of the ambiguous role of the governess as neither servant nor master, neither stranger nor family, and her uneasy position as observer and critic of established culture.

We will further be discussing the relationship between the Gothic and women’s education and self-governance.



Primary texts:

Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre: an authoritative text, contexts, criticism. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. Print.

Carter, Angela. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. London: Vintage, 2006. Print.

James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw: authoritative text, contexts, criticism. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999. Print.

Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant's Woman. London: Vintage, 2009. Print.


Secondary texts (to be made available electronically and/or in photocopy) include:

Chapters 1, 2 and 3 in Botting, Fred. Gothic, Taylor and Francis, 1999. ProQuest Ebook Central,  https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/kbdk/detail.action?docID=1480738 (available online via the University Library)

Genetic and Cultural Selection in "The French Lieutenant's Woman"


Source: Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2 (June 2002), pp. 57-72

Published by: University of Manitoba

Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/44029982

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 pp 151--162 in Aidan Day, Angela Carter: the rational glass. Manchester University Press, 2008.

 pp 3--37 in Carter, Angela. The Sadeian woman: an exercise in cultural history. Virago, 2000.


7,5 ECTS
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  • Preparation
  • 162,75
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  • 42
  • English
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