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

Fall 2004

E 370W • Major Authors: Virginia Woolf

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33095 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
PAR 105

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, creative and critical definitions of gender and sexuality, intellectual activism (Woolf’s critiques of patriarchy, war, fascism), Woolf and imperialism-colonialism.

Grading Policy

One 2-3-page review on a Woolf essay of your choice 10%
One 10-12-page paper 30%
Comprehensive final examination 30%
Active, substantial, and significant participation 30%
(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. Active and significant participation comprises a substantial portion of your final grade (30 %); therefore, silence will not serve you well in this class. 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)


(Proposed Readings)
Virginia Woolf: selected essays, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves, Between the Acts, A Room of One’s Own (criticism), Three Guineas (criticism)

Selected critical essays on Virginia Woolf:
Pamela Caughie, Ed., Virginia Woolf in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (selections)
Alex Zwerdling,Virginia Woolf and the Real World (selections)

Films: Sally Potter, Orlando; The Hours


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