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

Summer 2008

E s370W • Major Authors: Virginia Woolf

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84505 MTWThF
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
PAR 206
Carter, M

Course Description

This course will examine some of the major 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

Four 1-2 page critical analysis essays (20% of final grade).
Reading quizzes (20% of final grade).
Active, substantial and significant participation (30% of final grade).
Final 5 page critical essay (30% of final grade).

In order to succeed in this class, you must make sure that you keep up with the reading assignments; if you are too busy to do heavy reading, you might want to enroll in another class. This is an analysis and discussion based course and you absolutely have to keep up with the syllabus throughout the summer session. Demonstrate that you have completed the required reading and have thought about it--analyzed it closely, rigorously, critically, and creatively. Active and significant participation comprises a substantial portion of your final grade (30%); therefore neither silence nor lack of preparedness will 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 essay.

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; incomplete grades will only be given in cases of documented medical emergencies.


Selected essays, including "Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown" (1923) and "Modern Fiction" (1925)
The Voyage Out (1919)
Jacob's Room (1922)
To the Lighthouse (1927)
The Waves (1931)


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