Fall 2019 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
We will read five novels from across Virginia Woolfâ€™s careerâ€”The Voyage Out, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, and Between the Actsâ€”as well as a sample of her nonfiction, including the books A Room of Oneâ€™s Own and Three Guineas. Woolfâ€™s work is challenging, both in its formal experimentation and in its rigorous inquiry into topics such as gender and sexuality, subjectivity, trauma, loss, mental illness, imperialism, skepticism, and creativity (that list is not exhaustive!). Woolf once wrote that â€œThere is no Shakespeare; there is no Beethovenâ€â€”suggesting, decades before Barthes and Foucault issued their verdicts on the subject, that the â€œauthorâ€ or â€œgeniusâ€ figure is something of a ruse. So, as we work our way through Woolfâ€™s major fiction and nonfiction, we will simultaneously explore what it means to undertake a â€œsingle authorâ€ study, particularly when the author herself is suspicious of the mystification that might accompany such a task. In other words, as we make our way through Woolfâ€™s creative and critical work, we will continuously reflect on our methods and desires as readers and scholars.
The Voyage Out, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, Between the Acts, A Room of Oneâ€™s Own and Three Guineas; additional essays will be posted online.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Grades will (most likely) be based on participation, a midterm exam, periodic short written responses to the readings, a presentation on a scholarly article of your finding, and a final essay.