English 344. Woolf and Joyce and Others
In different ways, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf revolutionized the forms of the novel to focus on the inner world of the mind as well as outer “reality.” But they also focused on psychological as well as social experiences that had been traditionally marginalized. They brought into focus–and into question–”realistic” forms of storytelling that had been rendered invisible. They challenged conventional ideas of literature, politics and gender. And they stretched the limits of thought, feeling and expression through dazzling experimentation and comedy. The first half of the semester will focus on James Joyce’s Ulysses, the second half on works by Virginia Woolf.