The second paper. Due November 24 on Sakai. Bring a draft introduction to class on November 20.
In this recording, Anand reads from Untouchable, pp. 60–63, and says a little about the international movement of progressive writing in the 1930s. The recording is from the Library of Congress South Asian Literary Recordings Project. The quality of the recording is poor, but it is well worth hearing Anand’s voice and his way of reading his novel.
November 10. Faulkner, concluded; Anand (1).
November 6. Faulkner (2).
November 3. Woolf, concluded; Faulkner (1).
As I did not give an overview of Woolf’s life in class, I wanted to signal resources for concise lives of authors. All our authors from Britain have entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (called “the DNB”), a fascinating reference book. The article on Woolf in the DNB, by Lyndall Gordon, gives an overview of the life and work.
For American authors there is no single authoritative source like the DNB. The Reference section in Alexander has the print version of American National Biography. The many volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, also at Alexander Reference, cover writers from many nations. For now, you can search (some of) the latter via the Gale Literature Resource Center database; make sure to click the checkbox that limits your search to “Biographies.” (This database also includes scholarship about literature, but it is not the best tool for searching for scholarship; the MLA International Bibliography is.)
Woolf’s father, Leslie Stephen, was the founding editor of the DNB.
October 30. Woolf (3).
October 27. Woolf (2).
October 23. Hemingway, concluded; Woolf (1).
October 20. Sayers, concluded; Hemingway (1).