This course examines Virginia Woolf's novel, Orlando (1928) and Jeanette Winterson's novel, Written on the Body (1992) in terms of their depictions of gender, romantic love, history, and death. The course explores each novel's overturning of gender stereotypes and complex position on whether gender differences are innate. Students will analyze Woolf's merging of England's historical narrative over roughly three centuries with Orlando's story. They will also observe the novel's gendered social roles as they shift in Orlando's experience from epoch to epoch. They will compare this approach to the more ambiguous treatment of gender and societal limitations in Winterson's novel.
This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Literature for the Classroom
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