English (ENGL) 307

Women in Literature (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first-year English course(s).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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English 307 critically examines the tradition in women’s writing, deconstructs the pervasive images of women in literature, and analyzes the way in which women use language to define their experiences. A variety of works by Canadian, British, and American women will be studied, including three novels (Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, and Ravensong); a play by Caryl Churchill; poetry by Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, and Bronwen Wallace; and essays by Adrienne Rich and Virginia Woolf.


  • Unit 1: Reviewing Tradition
  • Unit 2: Reimaging Women
  • Unit 3: Recasting Roles
  • Unit 4: Rewriting Language
  • Unit 5: Reliving Experience
  • Unit 6: Redefining the Margins


To receive credit for ENGL 307, you must achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on the final exam and achieve a composite course grade of at least D (50 percent). All assignments are required in order to pass the course. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Essay 1 10%
Essay 2 25%
Essay 3 25%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Gilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar, eds. The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Traditions in English. 3rd ed. New York: Norton, 2007.

Maracle, Lee. Ravensong—A Novel. 2nd ed. Toronto:  Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2017.

Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. London: Penguin, 2000.

Rich, Adrienne. On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966–1978. New York: Norton, 1980.

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One’s Own & Three Guineas. London: Penguin, 2019.

Other Materials

All other materials (Student Manual, Course Manual, Digital Reading Room) can be found online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 307 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the examination, and a grade of at least D (50 percent) overall.

Activity Weighting
Critical Essay 50%
Exam 50%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, September 22, 2016.

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