Virginia Woolf: Fiction, Feeling, Form (EAS3219)

30 credits

On this module we will study the works of Virginia Woolf, looking closely at her major novels but also investigating her letters, diaries, essays and short stories.

Virginia Woolf is a major figure in literary modernism; her works include some of the most important works of the twentieth century.  In addition to being crucial to literary modernism, Woolf is also arguably one of the finest writers of the body, of emotion and sensation, of what it is to feel and to be alive.

This course will study her works mostly chronologically because her work changes so dramatically from the beginning to the end of her career.  Woolf constantly experimented with the form of the novel: her work moves from the sympathetic, rolling rhythms of Mrs Dalloway to the jagged unease of Between the Acts, from the teasing playfulness of her animal stories to the highly-wrought poetic prose of The Waves.  Her writing repays close reading because of its intricacy and its dynamism, its sudden tonal shifts.   Through this module students will gain a broad and intimate knowledge of Woolf’s work and of its far-reaching importance.

There are no pre-requisites: this course is open to anyone with an interest in Woolf.