ENGL 389 Spring 2015 The Fiction of Virginia Woolf

Cross Listed as WGSS389
"Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness. Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small" ("Modern Fiction"). Virginia Woolf's fiction represents a self-conscious and highly experimental challenge to the conventions of Victorian and Edwardian fiction. This course will explore the evolution of the innovative narrative techniques by which she tried to bridge the gap between the experience of consciousness and its representation in language. Accompanying concerns will be Woolf's challenges to stable gender roles, her conception of the relationship of gender to creativity, and the ways in which her powerful lyric impulses are reflected in her fiction. We will read most of the major novels, including The Voyage Out, Jacob's Room, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves, and Between the Acts, together with selected short fiction and critical essays. The course will be taught largely by discussion.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly journal entries, one 5- to 7-page paper and one 10- to 12-page paper
Additional Info: evaluation will be based on written work, oral presentations of that work and analyses of their colleague's work
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam; not open to first years
Enrollment Preference: none
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3706
ENGL 389 - 01 (S) SEM Fiction of Virginia Woolf Division 1: Languages and the Arts Alison A. Case
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM 3706 Open
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