F406 Summer 2020 The Bloomsbury Novel
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, June 24–July 29
Instructor: Ellen Moody
This course will examine novels & art included in the term Bloomsbury through four texts: E.M. Forster's Maurice, Virginia Woolf's Memoirs of a Novelist, J.R. Ackerley's My Dog Tulip, and Vita Sackville-West's All Passion Spent. Bloomsbury novels are written by people who belonged to an amorphous early 20th century creative group, associated with a specific area in London, who were friends, or whose works were printed at the Hogarth Press. This sub-genre is splendidly interesting, many thoughtful highly original texts of powerful art. There are good movies for Maurice & All Passion Spent. I ask everyone before class to read E.M. Forster’s “What I Believe;” it is on-line.
Virginia Woolf, Memoirs of a Novelist. London: Hogarth or Hesperus Press, 1985, ISBN 978-01-84391-423-5
J. R. Ackerley, My Dog Tulip. NY: New York Review of Books Press, 1999. ISBN 978-59017-414-2.
Vita-Sackville-West, All Passion Spent, Virago 978-0-86068-358-2.
E.M. Forster, Maurice, ed David Leavitt Penguin 978-0-141-441139
Ellen Moody holds a PhD in English and has taught in colleges for more than 30 years. She has published extensively, and leads a Trollope reading group online, as well as maintaining a blog and a website about him.