ENGLISH 164-2: Senior Seminar: Novels of Austen and Woolf (seminar)
Taught by: Terry Castle
Fall Quarter, 2012-2013
TTh 1:15-3:05, Room: Educ229
We will examine two novels by Jane Austen--—arguably the most influential and gifted of British female novelists-–and two novels by Virginia Woolf, a modern novelist whose debt to Austen (as she knew well and often acknowledged) was immense. Some broad intellectual issues to be taken up: the relationship between women writers and the evolution of the English novel; the extraordinary predominance of the marriage plot in Austen’s fiction (and the various transformations Woolf works on it); the formal and stylistic techniques used by each novelist to convey the thoughts and inner lives of her characters.
This course fulfills the following Major Requirements: