F401 Summer 2018 The Later Virginia Woolf
Tuesdays, 9:40–11:05, June 19–July 24
Instructor: Ellen Moody
Class limit: 40
We will read and discuss the later Woolf: two playful satirical biographies, Flush: A Biography (of a dog supposedly owned by the Victorian poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning); and Orlando: A Biography, a novelistic biography of writer Vita Sackville-West in the form of a time-traveling tale through culture and gender change; and a pre-World War II essay, Three Guineas, which analyzes the origins of war and suggests how we may prevent future wars. Useful preparation for the class would be to read a short novella by Sackville-West, All Passion Spent. We will also watch clips from two movies, Orlando and All Passion Spent. Our aim is to understand and enjoy these delightful, original, and unusual works.
Ellen Moody was a lecturer in English in senior colleges for over 30 years and has a PhD in English literature. She has written two books as well as essays on early modern through 20th century literature and on film and translation, and includes translated poetry among her published work. As an independent scholar, she maintains three blogs and a website.