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November 07, 2012
In preparation for the week 7 seminar on Charlotte Bronte's Shirley please prepare the following:
What perspectives does the text offer us on the "woman question": what questions and debates about women's role and status does the text raise?
What questions does the text raise around women's education and/or work? How do these interact with the ideas of Ruskin and Nightingale discussed in week 5?
Does the text challenge or conform to traditional ideas of gender identity?
In week 8 we'll be looking at the "condition of England" and issues around class and labour. What concerns does the novel raise around workers' conditions, rights, and the position of landowners, and where does it stand on these issues?