609464 English Literature and Culture: Why We Read Virginia Woolf: Theories of Mind, Consciousness, and the Novel

summer semester 2017 | Last update: 28.06.2017 Place course on memo list
609464
English Literature and Culture: Why We Read Virginia Woolf: Theories of Mind, Consciousness, and the Novel
SE 2
7,5
weekly
each semester
English

Students will

(1) engage in in-depth analyses of Virginia Woolf's novels and her theory of the novel;

(2) reflect upon different theoretical approaches to Woolf's oeuvre;

(3) gain a deep understanding of the historical and cultural context of the works discussed;

(4) get profound insight into a wide range of theoretical approaches, including recent approaches in cognitive literary studies;

(5) enhance their presentation and didactic skills.

When Virginia Woolf announced to focus on “thoughts and feelings” instead of “cups and tables”, she had indeed, as she claimed in her diary, "finally arrived at some idea of a new form for a new novel”.  Drawing on the stream-of-consciousness technique, her novels focus on the human mind: they explore how the mind works, how it processes information, and how we make sense of the world. In this manner, Woolf’s novels connect to the theory of mind, which adds to the appeal of her fiction. As scholars have claimed, part of the pleasure of reading derives from the ability of fiction to test our theory of mind by presenting minds in action. In this seminar, we will further explore the intersection of science and art in Woolf’s fiction and discuss the connection between modern fiction, cognition, and theory of mind.

 

Regular and lively participation, short oral presentation (expert sessions), regular participation in the course blog, and a final paper.

oral (short presentation and active participation both in class and in the course blog) and written (final paper)

Please purchase your own copy of the following texts (Oxford World’s Classics):

Woolf, Virginia. Jacob’s Room. Ed. Kate Flint. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

-----. Mrs Dalloway. Ed. David Bradshaw. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

-----. Orlando. Ed. David Bradshaw. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

-----. The Waves. Ed. David Bradshaw. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

-----. To the Lighthouse. Ed. David Bradshaw. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Further recommended reading:

Lisa Zunshine, Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2006.

Additional texts and course material will be made available to all participants via OLAT.

 

Positive completion of first part of studies (1. Studienabschnitt)

07.03.2017
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Date Time Location
Tue 2017-03-07
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-03-14
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-03-21
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-03-28
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-04-04
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-04-25
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-05-02
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-05-09
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-05-16
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-05-23
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-05-30
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-06-06
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-06-13
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-06-20
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free
Tue 2017-06-27
10.15 - 11.45 SR Josef-Hirn-Straße SR Josef-Hirn-Straße Barrier-free