ENGLISH 464 - Studies in Individual Authors
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Virginia Woolf: Life and Writing
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
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Description

In the spring of 1933, writing in her diary, Virginia Woolf recorded her realization that writing was not simply her profession, the way she passed many hours of virtually every day, but the means by which she assembled her sense of herself and of the world in which she lived: "I thought, driving through Richmond last night, something very profound about the synthesis of my being: how only writing composes it: how nothing makes a whole unless I'm writing.”

Even the briefest survey of her oeuvre can leave us wondering at the extraordinary scope of this continuous act of composition: nine novels, two biographies, literally hundreds of essays, and two book-length works of non-fiction prose, c.3000 pages of letters, c.1500 diary pages, reading notes, drafts into the thousands of pages . . .  Because of the centrality of writing to her life, and because so much of that writing is readily available to us, Woolf is especially well studied in a semester-long course, built around reading her novels but augmented and enriched by readings in the other forms in which she wrote.  Your essays and class work will allow you to become familiar with some of this other material as well.  Over the course of the semester we spend together reading Woolf, I believe you will become convinced — if you are not already — that her writing constitutes one of the most ambitious, most important, most moving bodies of work in English literature.

 

Course Requirements:

For this course you will write two short essays and one somewhat longer essay, with the option of revision and resubmission of the first two. Students will generate questions for discussion throughout the term. The class will be run in a lecture / discussion format.

Schedule

ENGLISH 464 - Studies in Individual Authors
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001 (REC)
 In Person
30008
Open
7
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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