In this course we will be reading the major works of Virginia Woolf, including her non-fiction prose as well as her novels and short stories. We will be charting her development as an important voice in feminist criticism and politics, and we will be reading her evolution in relation to a broader backdrop of English and European social and political history. We will examine her reactions to the Women´s Suffrage Movement and pay special attention to her involvement in the First World War and her ongoing, changing response to its legacy in the long postwar period of the 1920s and 1930s. Our secondary reading will be drawn from a wide variety of critical attitudes and practices, including the interpretive approaches of biography, new historicism, feminism, and psychoanalysis. The major novels are "The Voyage Out," "Jacob´s Room," "Mrs Dalloway," "To the Lighthouse," "Orlando," and "The Waves," while the essential works of non-fiction prose are "A Room of One´s Own" and "Three Guineas." We will synchronize our reading of these texts with excerpts from her diary and letters. Satisfies the Twentieth Century and later requirement.
Course Attributes: EN H; AS HUM; FA HUM