Who’s Afraid of Feminist Theory?


Course Description

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,” wrote Virginia Woolf in 1929 in A Room of One’s Own. In the same work, she wrote that “we think back through our mothers if we are women”; asked “who shall measure the heat and violence of the poet’s heart when caught and tangled in a woman’s body”; and speculated about a hypothetical  novel in which “Chloe liked Olivia,” adding, “Do not start. Do not blush….Sometimes women do like women.” This  course  places  Woolf’s  materialism, engagement with tradition, advancement of the idea of a woman’s style, assertion of embodiment, and expression of her bisexuality in dialogue with the Marxist, postmodern, postcolonial, and queer feminisms of recent critical theory. Did Woolf foreshadow present-day engagements with the issue of women and fiction? Do her ways of conceptualizing that issue include distinct approaches that have not been pursued since she wrote?

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday, April 4th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 PM

Discussion Team: Rina Kampeas, Esther Spector and Eileen Curran

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)


Reading and Administration Fees:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)

NOTE: Reading Fees are included in the total price of the course.

Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, an administrative fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.


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