Lesson 1 (from Prologue)
Students will respond to information about the context of the novel The Hours by Michael Cunningham.
1) Teacher mini-lecture.
Provide students with information about Virginia Woolf and her circle. It is significant for study of Cunningham's novel to understand this, and also for them to know that Woolf was sexually abused by her step-brothers when she was a child. Sexuality is one of the main ideas within this novel. Provide pictures of Virginia Woolf and her circle. Explain the importance of Woolf to writers like TS Eliot, the great American/English modernist poet of the first half of the twentieth century.
2) Class discussion: 'To what extent is our appreciation of literature affected by knowledge of the writer's life?'
3) PowerPoint presentation: Illustrated mini-lecture on the life and times of Virginia Woolf. Questions and open class discussion to follow.
Using information provided in today's classes, construct...
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