Though Virginia Woolf and James Joyce were born a month apart in 1882, and died the same year, 1941, their fiction appears to have little in common. Yet both are considered the literary geniuses of Modernism, the movement defined as “a set of responses to problems posed by the technological, political, and social changes that occurred at the turn of the 20th century.” We begin with Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, a luminous examination of individual lives within a family during a weekend in the Hebrides. We will then read Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, with its vivid, sensitive portrayal of the humor and pain of the artist’s coming-of-age in Ireland. We will conclude by exploring some of the stories in Joyce's first published work, Dubliners. We ask that you use the following editions: To the Lighthouse, introduction by Eudora Welty (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989, ISBN-13 978-0156907392); Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, introduction by Seamus Deane (Penguin Books, 1993, ISBN-13 978-0717120481); and Dubliners, (Dover Thrift Editions, 1991, ISBN-13 978-0486268705.) Please join in our exploration of Woolf’s and Joyce’s seminal works of modern literature. No class on 11/22/18.