Special Author: Virginia Woolf (Q3023)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: