ENGL 340
The Fiction of Virginia Woolf Fall 2009
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENGL 340 / WGST 340
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“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 her efforts to bridge the gap between experience and its representation in language by following the evolution of her innovative narrative techniques for portraying consciousness, memory, selfhood, relationships, and community. Along the way, we will consider Woolf’s challenges to stable gender roles and her reconception of women’s positions as creators. We will read most of the major novels, including The Voyage Out, Jacob’s Room, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, and Between the Acts, together with selected short fiction and critical essays by Woolf and her contemporaries, and more recent critical work on Woolf.
The Class: Format: tutorial; students will meet with the instructor in pairs for an hour each week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1718
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: students will alternate between writing 5- to 7-page papers and commentaries on their partner's papers, and will also be required to do a substantial revision of one essay as a final project
Extra Info: evaluation will be based on written work, oral presentations of that work and analyses of their colleague's work
Prerequisites: a 100-level English course
Enrollment Preferences: none
Unit Notes: meets post-1900 requirement in English major only if registration is under ENGL
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 340 Division I WGST 340 Division II
Attributes: ENGL post-1900 Courses

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