Sep 4, 2008

Virginia Woolf’s Middle Novels: Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse

With her fourth and fifth novels, Virginia Woolf came into her own, fully embracing the time-condensing, introverted, stream of consciousness style that brought her narratives comparisons with James Joyce’s Ulysses. The novels also featured Woolf’s trademark realism from a woman’s point of view, which made her a canonical figure of the second wave feminist movement of the 1960s. Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer-winning novel The Hours (1998) borrows Woolf’s style to tell the story of three generations of women whose lives were affected by Mrs. Dalloway. In 1997, the Oscar-winning Dutch filmmaker Marleen Gorris shot a film version of Mrs. Dalloway starring Vanessa Redgrave. The author’s accomplishments and historical influence were immense; these two novels are among the most recognized and loved of her works.

Instructor: Jeff Encke
Meets: Saturday, October 11, 2008 - Saturday, November 15, 2008
Saturdays , 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Min: 5 Max: 15
General: $215.00
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About the Instructor

Jeff Encke taught writing and literature at Columbia University for several years, serving as writer-in-residence for the Program in Narrative Medicine while completing his Ph.D. in English in 2002. His criticism has appeared in Post-War Literatures in English, The Journal of American Studies, and A Companion to 20th Century American Poetry, as well as on the Academy of American Poets Web site. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Bat City Review, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Octopus, Salt Hill, Tarpaulin Sky, and others. In 2004, he published Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse, a book of playing cards featuring excerpts of love poems to Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi war criminals.

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