Gender and Feminism in Victorian Poetry

Rachel Mulnæs, Miyuki Nishimura & Marie-Charlotte Paul

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study is a view into the beginning of feminism especially the female entry in literature. The Victorian era was a period of dramatic change that brought England to its highest point of development as a world power. However, the inequalities between man and woman were still as they had always been; very severe. It would take women in Britain a longer time to convince society of their rights, than women in many other European nations. But slowly a new female self-awareness gained ground in British society; through literature women could re-invent themselves as unattached creatures, not just existing as extensions of their male spouses or guardians, they could convey their own thoughts and ideas on life and womanhood to each other and share experiences and perhaps most importantly; literature gave women a way to express themselves independently for the first time in history; a whole new perspective on the world now emerged; the woman’s perspective. This project aims to give two examples of how this was done. Through analysing two major works of the time, written by two of the most famous writers of the 19th century, it will shine a new light on what a feminist agenda is, how it is conveyed through literature in different ways, what it meant to be a woman in Victorian England and how and why feminist literature had its' beginning here.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2014


  • Feminism
  • Victorian