Feminist Writings

By Prof. Avishek Parui   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1707
This course seeks to study some of the key texts in feminist writings that engage with issues such as patriarchy, violence, embodiment, agency and identity. Through a careful study of selected fiction and non-fiction, the course aims to offer a complex understanding of gender and representation, drawing on literary as well as cultural studies.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Students pursuing B.A and M.A in English or Cultural Studies
PREREQUISITES        :  B.A in English or Cultural Studies
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English Studies
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  :  Introduction; Understanding Patriarchy
Week 2  :  Understanding Patriarchy; Cyborg Manifesto
Week 3  :  Understanding Patriarchy; Cyborg Manifesto
Week 4  :  The Fly; Tickets, Please!
Week 5  :  Tickets, Please! ; The Goblin Market
Week 6  :  The Goblin Market; The Second Sex
Week 7  :  The Second Sex; Tulips
Week 8  :  Tulips; The Yellow Wallpaper
Week 9  :  The Yellow Wallpaper; The Iraqi Nights
Week 10 :  The Iraqi Nights; Gender Trouble
Week 11 :  Gender Trouble; Remains of the Feast
Week 12 :  Remains of the Feast; A Temporary Matter

Books and references

The Second Sex; The Yellow Wallpaper; Understanding Patriarchy; Cyborg Manifesto; Gender Trouble; The Fly; The Goblin Market; Tickets, Please! ; Tulips; The Iraqi Nights; The Remains of the Feast; A Temporary Matter

Instructor bio

Prof. Avishek Parui

IIT Madras
Dr Avishek Parui is Assistant Professor in English at IIT Madras and Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He researches and supervises PhDs on medical humanities, masculinity studies, memory studies and postmodernism. His recent book Postmodern Literatures, has been published by Orient Blackswan.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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