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Virginia Woolf: An Introduction

Learn about the features, themes, motifs and key texts by Virginia Woolf and what they represent.

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This free online course will teach you about the lack of empathy in post-war London. You will be shown the deconstruction of the term ‘shell shock’ which was rampantly used in the first world war. You will be taught the politics of production in modernity and post commodification objects which have run their course in terms of the commodity value.
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In this course, the author Virginia Woolf and her work Mrs Dalloway and Solid Objects will be discussed. The author's themes, placement in time and the lens through which she wrote will be taught and examined. You will learn about the production of post-commodification which is caused by war. You will be shown the degree of collusion between medical masculinity and military masculinity in terms of politics. You will be taught the process of being out of sync with the system. This will include the concept of being spatially incompatible, culturally incompatible and existentially incompatible.

Also, you will be introduced to the fiction and critiques contained in the story 'Solid Objects'. You will learn about the termination of functionality and mimicry of imperialism in the story 'Solid Objects'. You will also be shown the parody of political rationality and how the 'Solid Objects' becomes a very important signifier of modernity.

Furthermore, you will be introduced to the complex symbolism and thematic depth of ‘Mrs. Dalloway’. You will learn about London's prehistoric darkness, the interrupted embodiment and traumatic landscape of reality in ‘Mrs. Dalloway’. You will be taught the lack of emotions and the deconstruction of forced manliness in the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Medical masculinity, the final act of bravery and negotiations with time in 'Mrs. Dalloway' will be covered in this course. This course is important for learners who want to get an in-depth understanding of the text ‘Solid Objects’ and ‘Mrs. Dalloway’. You will gain an insight into the central idea of the authors and what the themes of these texts represent. 

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Analyze the story 'Solid Objects'
  • Discuss the termination of functionality.
  • Explain the politics of production in modernity in the story 'Solid Objects'..
  • Analyze the themes and thematic depth of the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'.
  • Explain London's prehistoric darkness in 'Mrs. Dalloway'.
  • Identify the interrupted embodiment in 'Mrs. Dalloway'.
  • Describe the masculinist gaze at civilization in 'Mrs. Dalloway'.
  • Recognize the lack of emotions in the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'.
  • Discuss medical masculinity in the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'.
  • State the final act of bravery in the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'.
  • Describe the negotiations with time in 'Mrs. Dalloway'.


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