autumn 2014
ENG-2127 Virginia Woolf and British Modernism - 10 ECTS

Last changed 03.02.2016

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the spring semester and 1 December for the autumn semester.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

This course may be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification (generell studiekompetanse) or prior learning and work experience (realkompetanse).

A good command of oral and written English is required.

Application code: 9199 (Nordic applicants).

Course content

This course will explore the development of British literary modernism in the first half of the 20th century through the study of the writings of Virginia Woolf (1882-1941). Woolf's fiction - a selection of novels and short prose - will be related to her work as a theorist of gender and of the modernist novel. The focus will be on such key aspects of Woolf's modernism as her interest in new forms of realism, her experimental approaches to character and consciousness, and her investigations into the relationship between time and space. At the same time, Woolf's texts will also be placed in the broader historical, cultural and political contexts of British modernism.

Objectives of the course

Knowledge and understanding

  • to gain a thorough knowledge of the texts assigned for the course
  • to gain insight into the key aspects of Woolf¿s modernist poetics
  • to gain knowledge of the typical characteristics of literary modernism, as well as the historical, social and cultural contexts of British modernism


  • to develop proficiency in close reading of literary texts
  • to increase competence in interpreting literary texts in their historical and cultural contexts
  • to strengthen your academic writing skills and speaking proficiency in English

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course will be taught over thirteen weeks of two-hour seminar meetings.


Quality assurance:            
All courses undergo an evaluation once in a 3-year period at the bachelor¿s level. The Programme Board determines which programme options will be evaluated per year, and which courses will be evaluated by the students and the teacher per year.


Coursework requirements:
One short paper (5-7 pages: one page is equivalent to 2300 characters without spaces, 1.5 line spacing, font size 12) and one oral presentation in class.

Assessment method:
A one-week home exam (8-12 pages).

The obligatory coursework requirements must be approved in order to take the final exam.

Performance in the course will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed. A re-sit examination is offered in the event of an F grade. The deadline to register for a re-sit examination is January 15th for the autumn semester and August 15th for the spring semester.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Virginia Woolf¿s works

Jacob¿s Room (Oxford World¿s Classics)

To the Lighthouse (Oxford World¿s Classics)

Orlando (Oxford World¿s Classics)

Short fiction:

In The Mark on the Wall and Other Short Fiction (Oxford World¿s Classics):

- ¿The Mark on the Wall¿

- ¿Kew Gardens¿

- ¿An Unwritten Novel¿

Nonfiction/ essays/ autobiographical essays:

A Room of One¿s Own (Oxford World¿s Classics)

In Selected Essays (Oxford World¿s Classics):

- ¿Modern Fiction¿

- ¿Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown¿

- ¿Character in Fiction¿

- ¿Professions for Women¿

In Moments of Being: Autobiographical Writings (Ed. Jeanne Schulkind):

- ¿22 Hyde Park Gate¿

- ¿Old Bloomsbury¿

- ¿Sketch of the Past¿

A list of recommended secondary readings will be posted on Fronter. All readings will be available in the library, either in hard copies or electronically.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: ENG-2127