English: Women in literature

Open up a discussion about the changing role of women with these provocative lesson ideas

Nicola Davison

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In honour of Women’s History Month, we’ve picked out a selection of choice resources that explore representations of women in literature throughout the ages.  These thought-provoking lesson plans are an ideal starting point for a discussion about the changing role of women and for highlighting those areas of society in which inequality still exists.

Considering the representation of women in literature

Use an extract and these activity ideas from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood to think about the role and freedoms of women in the futuristic world of Gilead.

Exploring leading female characters

This comprehensive study guide on The Wife of Bath contains a wealth of contextual information and interpretations of the Wife’s actions in Chaucer’s famous poem.

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