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Friday, November 8 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Looking Within With Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf famously wrote in her essay of 1919 “Modern Fiction” about Edwardian novels: “Look within and life, it seems, is very far from being ‘like this.’ Examine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day. The mind receives a myriad impressions . . . shap[ing] themselves into the life of Monday or Tuesday.” My overworked, technology-distracted, harried and hurried state university students do not often have the opportunity to sit still and look within. In my current Virginia Woolf class, we are practicing meditation to “look within”: to understand what the modernist writers’ fictional techniques were attempting to apprehend; how Woolf chronicles consciousness; and also to induce more concentration and clarity in students’ minds and days. This pedagogical experiment in self-reflexivity also connects with the process-oriented feminist polemics Woolf wrote in A Room of One’s Own and other texts, leading us to social justice concerns as well as investigation of fictional techniques.


Friday November 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Table 45, CCA

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