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Carolyn Allen
ENGL 300
Seattle Campus

Reading Major Texts

Intensive examination of one or a few major works of literature. Classroom work to develop skills of careful and critical reading. Book selection varies, but reading consists of major works by important authors and of selected supplementary materials.

Class description

Virginia Woolf and Jeanette Winterson: The Famous and the Infamous

In this course we’ll read several crucial books by Virginia Woolf and end the quarter with playful fiction by British “bad girl" novelist, Jeanette Winterson. Discussion will focus on portrayals of characters’ interior selves, understandings of modernism and post-modernism, and connections between readers and the stories they create from the novels they read. The course is open to all who are fascinated by Woolf or Winterson (or their notoriety).

Students will choose between writing two shorter or one longer paper, and will give 2 class presentations. Come expecting lively discussion, differences of opinion and a chance to read some wonderful writing. Books will probably include Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and Orlando (Woolf) and Sexing the Cherry, The Passion and Written on the Body (Winterson).

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Carolyn Allen
Date: 05/12/2010