- Woolf, Virginia. Chapter 1 of Orlando (the link might take you to the table of contents, rather than the actual chapter; if so, be sure to click on Chapter one)
- Joyce, James. Chapter 2 of Ulysses (ditto above)
Consider any of the following questions as you approach and begin to think about these readings:
- How does the style of each (the way each is written) reflect or inform some of the ideas, concepts, and themes we have thus far discussed in class? In other words, in what ways do both Joyce and Woolf explore contemporary themes through the use of sentence structure, plot narrative (or lack thereof), the construction of the writing, and/or use of language? In what ways do both authors challenge the boundaries of language and narrative construct? And what does any of that got to do with cyberspace culture of today?
- What themes arise within the content that begin to portend (or predict) many of the contemporary cyberspace themes of today, which we have discussed in class? In what ways do both authors address issues of gender, time, space, and/or identity, for instance? And how do these themes reflect or in some way begin to inform much of our cyberspace culture today?
- In what ways are each of the texts highly “coded”? How would identifying these kinds of literary codes help us to begin understanding literature within contemporary culture?
In this instance, I will ask that you only focus on one of the readings (for the blog response) — whichever is your choice. However, be prepared to discuss BOTH in class. Remember to provide textual examples when appropriate.