Approaches to Teaching Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway
Despite Mrs. Dalloway's continued popularity, many students today find the prose daunting and a barrier to their appreciation and comprehension of the novel. This volume seeks to give instructors a variety of strategies for making Woolf's work compelling and accessible to students while addressing the diverse ways it has been interpreted. Part 1, "Materials," reviews editions of Mrs. Dalloway as well as critical and historical resources related to the novel. Part 2, "Approaches," explores the task of contextualizing this key modernist text in the classroom. Some contributors situate Mrs. Dalloway in its historical time and place, namely, London in the period between the two world wars. Others discuss the novel's narrative form or interpret it using perspectives from cultural studies, feminism, or queer theory. Still others address the novel's relation to poems, films, and Victorian novels. Finally, a group of essays discusses the challenges and rewards of teaching the novel in settings both traditional and nontraditional, from a college classroom to a prison.
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"Whether teaching the novel for the first or twentieth time, whether in an undergraduate survey course or a doctoral seminar on Virginia Woolf, teachers will be thrilled to have such interesting and above all accessible approaches as they explore the novel with their students." —Kristin Czarnecki, Virginia Woolf Miscellany
"Indeed, the material on Woolf and Mrs. Dalloway will enhance the enjoyment and knowledge of instructors and students." —Dorsía Smith, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
"Covering an impressive range of courses from composition classes to senior literature seminars, editors Eileen Barrett and Ruth O. Saxton have gathered a helpful collection of pedagogical essays for a variety of teaching environments. The resulting compilation provides useful suggestions for helping students understand and connect to Mrs. Dalloway, while demonstrating the continued importance of Woolf's masterpiece to multiple academic and professional arenas." —Christopher DeVault, Mount Mercy University
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