EH 649    Special Studies: Virginia Woolf                     Summer 2003

Instructor: Dr. Rose Norman, Office: Morton 215, Phone 256/824-2373, Fax 256/824-2387
Office Hours
: 6-7 p.m. and by appointment
Email:     Website:  E-List:

Course Objectives

1. To orient students to Woolf studies through analysis of her major novels.
2. To develop critical awareness of feminist issues in Woolf studies.
3. To develop appreciation of Woolf as a major modern artist and the first significant feminist critic.

Required Texts:
Hussey, Mark. Virginia Woolf: A-Z. New York: Oxford UP, 1995.  If you could own only one book about Virginia Woolf, this would be it.

Books by Virginia Woolf (in the order we will read them):

  1. A Room of Oneís Own. 1929. Harcourt Brace, 1990. (feminist criticism)
  2. Moments of Being. 1976. Harcourt Brace, 1985. (autobiography)
  3. Mrs. Dalloway. 1925. Harcourt Brace, 1990.
  4.  (novel)
  5. To the Lighthouse. 1927. Harcourt Brace, 1990.
  6.  (novel)
  7. Orlando. 1928. Harcourt Brace, 1993.  (pseudo-biography)

Annotated List of Books on Library Reserve

Course Requirements and Grade Determination

Discussion Group (see guidelines) 20% 
Seminar Paper - a 10-12 page critical essay focusing on one of the assigned books.  See topics list and online instructions for elaboration.  Should show awareness of the criticism about the novel(s), but focus on your own ideas.  This grade includes a written topic proposal due around midterm, and a class presentation, given during the last class meetings. 30% 
Outside Reading Report - from a list to be distributed; see guidelines and reading list 10%
Final Exam - written entirely during the exam period, based on study questions distributed in advance. 30%

Miscellaneous - class participation, as demonstrated by regular attendance and a reading notebook or weekly letters exchanged with a classmate or via the class e-listSee samples of student letters.


Course Policies

1. Attendance  is expected, and missing more than three classes will be penalized.

2. Late work will be penalized 10% (one letter grade) and must be completed within five weekdays of the deadline. Late work that is part of a novel groupís handouts will penalize the person responsible for the work, and may also penalize the group.

3. Plagiarism is academic dishonesty, the representation of someone else's work as your own. The penalty for plagiarism is a failing grade for the assignment. In the case of plagiarism through inadequate documentation, the student may be permitted to revise and re-submit.

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