Virginia Woolf: Literature, Autobiography, and Biography|
Spring 2009 not offered
This course will explore the borders between fiction and autobiography. It will ask why audiences are almost as fascinated by Virginia Woolf's life as they are by the novels she wrote. The course will investigate how Woolf's novels and essays themselves instigate questions about the conventions of the realist novel and simultaneously explore new forms that seek to represent what life is like "here, now." We will examine explosive issues in Woolf criticism (snobbery, anti-Semitism, sexual molestation) while also analyzing the cult of literary celebrity and the current, sudden proliferation of fictional biographies.
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We will read works by Woolf, such as THE VOYAGE OUT, JACOB'S ROOM, TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, MRS. DALLOWAY, THREE GUINEAS, BETWEEN THE ACTS, and selections from such additional texts as THE HOURS (2002 film, Stephen Daldry), ORLANDO (1992 film, Sally Potter), and from Woolf biographies by Lyndall Gordon, Hermione Lee, Julia Briggs, and Brenda Silver.
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