Along with other early twentieth-century novelists such as James Joyce and Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf experimented with and changed the form of the modern novel. With her lyrical prose, she aimed to “crystallize and transfix the moment.”
In this class, we will read and discuss Woolf’s novels Jacob’s Room and To the Lighthouse, as well as her evocative autobiographical sketches in Moments of Being, and the central feminist text A Room of One’s Own. In addition to thinking about the social and aesthetic context in which she writes, we will also consider her continuing influence.
Laura MacKay Hansen has a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University, and has taught at NYU, Brooklyn College (CUNY), North Park University, and Beloit College.
- Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room. Oxford UP, 2008. ISBN: 978-0199536580
- Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being. Mariner Books, 1985. ISBN: 978- 0156619189
- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own. Mariner Books, 1989. ISBN: 978- 0156787338
- Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989. ISBN: 978- 0156907392
- Please read the first 30 pages of “A Sketch of the Past” (pp. 64-95 in Moments of Being) for the first session.
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