What is the course about?
This course will use selections from Mrs Dalloway to explore and understand how the changes in the exterior world of place and experience revealed new understanding of the interior world of identity and vision. Woolf’s writing reflects a love of London where she gained inspiration from the diversity of people and encounters she had in the city streets. Woolf is a significant member of the loose collective known as the Bloomsbury group whose work in visual arts, criticism, philosophy, literature among other areas re-defined British art in the early 20th century. This course will provide background on the Bloomsbury set, using our study of the book to locate the innovations in the visual medium that Woolf employed in literature.
What will we cover?
• History and context for Mrs Dalloway as an example of Modernist experimentation
• Close reading and consideration of passages from Mrs Dalloway
• Innovations in art exemplified by Virginia Woolf in early British Modernism
• London in the 1920s as captured in Mrs Dalloway.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Understand the innovations in literature that Woolf was developing
• Have a significant understanding of the themes and writing in Mrs Dalloway
• Situate Mrs Dalloway in its historical and critical moment
• Describe the Bloomsbury set and some of their intellectual contributions.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is an introduction to significant literature; participants should be able to read and identify areas that challenge them and share questions and insights, listening in an open and supportive way to the response of others. These abilities will be developed over the course of the study.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is run primarily in a seminar and group discussion format. Lessons will dramatic readings and close analysis; facilitated and inclusive discussion is the core of our work.
In preparation for our study, please start reading Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (rec. ed. Oxford University Press, 2008).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please purchase, read and bring to the study, Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (rec. ed. Oxford University Press, 2008).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please look for literature courses under History, Culture and Writing on www.citylit.ac.uk or under Humanities in the prospectus.