English 358: Women Writing Modernism: Modernism “When Women Are Alone”

Course Description:

In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf writes of her invented novelist “Mary Carmichael” that “Mary is tampering with the expected sequence” and that she “wanted to see how Mary Carmichael set to work to catch those unrecorded gestures, those unsaid or half-said words, which form themselves […] when women are alone, unlit by the capricious and coloured light of the other sex” (80, 83).  This course will consider how Modernism looks and sounds differently “when women are alone” in its construction.  We will uncover the “unrecorded gestures” and unexpected “sequences” that emerge from reading these modernist women alone together.  We will read fiction by Woolf, Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Jean Rhys, Elizabeth Bowen, Djuna Barnes, Rebecca West, Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston, and Katherine Mansfield and poems by H.D. and Gwendolyn Brooks.

English 358 Syllabus FALL 2013


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