They were friends whose styles were radically different. Forster is quite traditional and Woolf experimental. Yet both focused on the individual and domestic life rather than the grand social themes of the later 19th century. They critiqued each other’s work and helped shape the post-World War I literary scene in Britain. And they are still very readable, with Forster enjoying a new audience in films.
For the first class please read Howard’s End, Chapters 1–9.
Instructor Maryanne Ward is retired after a 40-year career in small college education. She chaired Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) Humanities program and served as academic dean until moving to Centre College (Danville, Kentucky) as professor of English and chair of the Humanities program. Her area of special interest and scholarship is 19th-century British literature. Among other topics, her publications have examined the relationship between literature, landscape, and painting.
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