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'Modernist' motherhood : Feminism, Old and New Women in D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers (1913) and Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse (1927)

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Valérie Cossy
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2012 -> 2012

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Reading and analysing literary texts within the context of feminist criticism and/or gender


This seminar focuses on two significant novels within the literary period recognized as "modernism": Sons and Lovers (1913) by D. H. Lawrence, and To the Lighthouse (1927) by Virginia Woolf. These two novels dramatize the modern artist - be it Paul Morel or Lily Briscoe, a man and a woman - and their problematic relationship with a mother figure  - Mrs Morel and Mrs Ramsay. In each case these mother figures embody an influence simultaneously enabling and inhibiting, which is going to be read in the context of literature and in that of contemporary feminist discourse. Students will start working on Sons and Lovers, about which they are expected to write a 3000 word essay. Then the seminar will move to Woolf (16 November). Exam topics will be about To the Lighthouse.


Class participation (collective) and essay (individual)


Copies of Sons and Lovers (Penguin) and To the Lighthouse (Oxford) are available from Basta.

Relevant articles may be distributed in class in the form extracts. Full versions will be posted on MyUnil as well as course material.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Niveau B2 (cadre européen commun de référence)

Informations supplémentaires


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