ENGL 389
Fiction of Virginia Woolf Fall 2018
Division I
Cross-listed ENGL 389 / WGSS 389
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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, in an effort to re-center the novel on lived experience. This course will explore the evolution of the innovative fictional forms by which she tried to bridge the gap between the experience of consciousness and its representation in language. We will also consider the links between Woolf’s concern with in the fluidity of consciousness and her interest in gender fluidity and androgyny. We will read most of the major novels, probably 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 Class: Type: seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 25
Class#: 1712
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: discussion, weekly journal, three 4- to 6-page essays
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
Enrollment Preferences: English majors, WGSS majors, seniors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 389 Division I WGSS 389 Division II
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C

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