Discussing ‘Flush’, a Fictional Biography with Cath Humphris

Ref: C3532635

Virginia Woolf's novel, Flush, published in 1933, is a biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spaniel, who lived from 1840-54. Its direct inspiration was a new edition, in 1930, of the Brownings' love letters in which 'the figure of their dog made me laugh so I couldn't resist making him a Life.' We'll be thinking about the way this fictional biography combines fact and fiction, and considering the significance of breeding, classification and status. If you've never read Virginia Woolf before, this is an accessible introduction. If you're planning to join me in discussing AS Byatt's, 'Possession' in the Autumn term, you might like to be introduced to Elizabeth Barrett Browning in advance. On the other hand, you might just like an opportunity to discuss a novel in which a dog takes the central role. It would be useful to have read the novel before the session.

Course aim

To discuss ways in which the novel, Flush, presents history, with a view to applying this approach to other novels that combine fact with fiction.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify and interpret central themes in the novel.
  • Discuss our responses to the novel
  • Analyse the style and structure of the novel

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

It would be useful to have a copy of 'Flush: a biography' by Virginia Woolf.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Discussing ‘Flush’, a Fictional Biography with Cath Humphris

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