E 370W • Major Authors: Virginia Woolf
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
This course will examine the critical and fictional works of Virginia Woolf. We will also be examining Woolf's continuing legacy and influence. Some of the areas of inquiry the class will be exploring are the value and limitations of high modernism, English literary heritage and tradition, feminism, creative and critical definitions of gender and sexuality, intellectual activism (Woolf's critiques of patriarchy, war, fascism), Woolf and imperialism-colonialism.
One 3-5-page review of a Woolf essay of your choice 15%
Reading Journal 10%
One (10-12-page) paper 50%
Active, substantial, and significant participation 25%
Ungraded 1-page paper abstract
Come to class prepared, which means keep up with the reading assignments; demonstrate that you have completed the required reading and have thought about it--analyzed it rigorously, critically, creatively. I reserve the right to give spontaneous, in-class quizzes if silence appears to be a lack of preparedness.
Attendance Policy: Three absences will drop you a full letter grade (an A will become a B, etc.); four or more absences will guarantee your failure of this class.
*No late papers will be accepted.
Selected essays, including "Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown" and "Modern Fiction," The Voyage Out, Mrs. Dalloway, Jacob's Room, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, Orlando, Between the Acts, A Room of One's Own (criticism), Three Guineas (criticism)
Recommended Films: Sally Potter, Orlando, Stephen Daldry's adaptation of Michael Cunningham's The Hours