Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Special Author: Virginia Woolf

Module Q3023B

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module concentrates on the work of one of the best-known and most widely-read women writers of the twentieth century, Virginia Woolf. The module aims to deepen your knowledge and understanding of Woolf's work, both in its historical context and in terms of the kind of conceptual and theoretical questions which her work raises or has been seen to raise. It is designed to challenge what you think you already know about Woolf, and the kinds of preconceptions that readers often bring to 'Woolf' and her work, whether positive or negative. What would happen if you stopped reading Woolf as a modernist, and a woman writer? What other conceptual or historical frames could illuminate her work in novel ways? What does Woolf have to do with changes in philosophical thinking, modernist experimental writing, or the development of the visual arts? These are some of the questions that the module will address, and encourage you to pursue through independent study.

At the end of the module, you will have read most of Woolf's novels and sampled some of her writing in other genres; you will have familiarised yourself with the history of the reception of her literature; you will have learnt to challenge your own preconceptions about her work and its historical and conceptual contexts; and you will have learnt how to devise, structure, pursue and realise an independent research project, following detailed advice from your module tutor.

Module learning outcomes

Understand the formal and generic developments of a named author's work.

Understand how the work has been shaped by the social, historical and intellectual contexts in which it was produced.

Through critical analysis of a range of the author¿s writing over his/her career, demonstrate an understanding of how his/her literary reputation was established and has been maintained.

Organise complex material into an essay that illustrates independent research.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA1 Week 1 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

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