FYSE 1371

Virginia Woolf in Context

Virginia Woolf in Context
In this seminar we will focus on the novels, essays, and short stories of Virginia Woolf, considering them in the light of her social, political, and artistic contexts and commitments. We will explore in particular the tension in her work between Victorian values and aesthetics and the progressive goals of the modernist movement. Our readings will take us from the early novels (Voyage Out, Night and Day) to the later experimental works (To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves). Some of the topics central to the seminar will be Woolf’s engagement with modernism and its key figures (such as James Joyce); her treatment of gender and sexuality in her essays and elsewhere; and her struggles with mental illness. We will intersperse our reading of Woolf’s prose with consideration of some film versions of her work, and we will conclude the seminar with a reading of Michael Cunningham’s 1998 creative homage to Mrs. Dalloway: The Hours.
First Year Seminar
First-Year Seminar Program
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Spring 2019

FYSE1371A-S19 Seminar

Spring 2018

FYSE1371A-S18 Seminar (Wells)

Fall 2016

FYSE1371A-F16 Seminar (Wells)

Fall 2012

FYSE1371A-F12 Seminar (Wells)