Fall 2019 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Greer, Erin
Discipline and Number
LIT 4329 Section 001
TR Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Virginia Woolf

Description of Course:

We will read five novels from across Virginia Woolf’s career—The Voyage Out, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, and Between the Acts—as well as a sample of her nonfiction, including the books A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas. Woolf’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 “There is no Shakespeare; there is no Beethoven”—suggesting, decades before Barthes and Foucault issued their verdicts on the subject, that the “author” or “genius” figure is something of a ruse. So, as we work our way through Woolf’s major fiction and nonfiction, we will simultaneously explore what it means to undertake a “single author” 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 Woolf’s creative and critical work, we will continuously reflect on our methods and desires as readers and scholars.

Required Texts:

The Voyage Out, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, Between the Acts, A Room of One’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.

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