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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2008

E 370W • Virginia Woolf-- Honors

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35440 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
CAL 221

Course Description

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.

Grading Policy

One 3-5-page review Woolf essay of your choice: 10% of final grade
Bi-weekly 1-page critical analysis essays: 15% of final grade
Ungraded 1-page paper abstract
One (10-12-page) paper: 50% of final grade
Active, substantial, and significant participation: 25%

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. Active and significant participation comprises a substantial portion of your final grade (25%); therefore silence will not serve you well in this class. Since I cannot tell you what these texts mean, your success depends--to a great extent--on your willingness to engage with the texts and with your fellow classmates. No one has the final, correct, absolute interpretation of these books. I invite you to take risks, to challenge yourself, and to share your understanding of each novel or film. I also 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
Between the Acts
Three Guineas


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