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Exploring Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts

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This free course introduces Virginia Woolf’s last novel, Between the Acts (1941), with the aim of understanding how she writes about time, memory, and ideas about identity. It also considers why Woolf’s fiction is often considered difficult. Selected extracts from her essays on writing help to clarify some of these perceived difficulties, illuminating complex patterning and structure in this fictional account of an English village, on a day in June in 1939.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify Woolf’s ideas about time, memory and identity
  • understand the role of innovation and experimentation in prose fiction
  • demonstrate a developed ability to read dense poetic prose analytically.

First Published: 04/08/2016

Updated: 21/06/2018

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