ENG549: Faulkner and Woolf

Both William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf allow readers to - as one critic has noted - "become a partner with the author in the creative endeavor - not only interpreting the story for [themselves] b

Both William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf allow readers to - as one critic has noted - "become a partner with the author in the creative endeavor - not only interpreting the story for [themselves] but also ordering the story by arranging and piecing together the separate strands and fragments." The 20th century saw novelists breaking away from the 19th-century narrative structures to seek new ways to share characters' experiences. Explore the fictional worlds of Faulkner's Depression-era Mississippi and Woolf 's post-WWI England to learn about the ways the novel developed through the imagination of these two writers. Coursework will include journal entries, imitative sketches, short analytical pieces, and a final project crafting and delivering an all-class public reading of the two writers' works in conversation.