Often thought of as antithesis, Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) and Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) are arguably two of the most prominent writers to have emerged from the early 20th century. Highly anthologized and synonymous with the western literary cannon, Hemingway and Woolf are revered as two of the most influential authors of modernist literature.
Over time, literary critics have repeatedly positioned Hemingway and Woolf against each other due to their particular writing styles – Hemingway’s terse, direct, and unadorned prose against Woolf’s poetic, stream of consciousness, and indulgent writing style. Neither is greater than the other, but why have their oeuvres dominated writing workshops and literary study as the apex of high-quality writing?
Stylistic Choices is a one-quarter, sixteen credit program devoted to examining the craft of both Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway’s modernist writing styles. Through lecture, small group discussion, close reading sessions, and writing workshops, we will discuss how their modernist styles have influenced other writers and provided a continuum from which we may employ writing techniques. The program is structured to allow students of creative writing and literary study an opportunity to close read, discuss, experiment with and diverge from these author’s styles.
This is a reading and writing intensive program categorized as: Intermediate Depth of Path, in the Literary Arts & Studies pathway.
literature, humanities, writing