A selection of 4 of our online literature videos provides teachers, schools, homeschool and Special Needs students with the opportunity to learn about and trace the portrayal of women in literature through a survey of selected literary works, from biblical times to the English Renaissance.
Discover the parallels between the literary depiction's of heroines and the historical contexts in which the authors wrote. Learn how the depiction of women in literature reflected and influence the roles of women in society - from the fallen Eve of the Old Testament to the commanding Portia in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.
Study the changing roles of women in literature, from the early 18th Century to the women's movement of the 1960s, a period when women made their mark as writers.
Learn about how women novelists, playwrights, and poets portrayed female characters. Survey the social impact of women in literature, from Jane Eyre to the feminist writers of the 1960s, including Betty Friedan, Doris Lessing and Kate Millet, who depicted the struggle of women seeking to define their inner selves and their roles in society.
Then use our online interactive quizzes to discover what you have learnt and strengthen your understanding of the subject.