Third-year-students in séctions Economique & Sociale and Littéraire in French lycées (high schools) have the possibility to choose optional English. In this class, we study a work of literature, chosen from a list provided by the Board of Education.
The choice of Virginia Woolf was not an obvious one : Although I personally consider her a genius, her narrative style is rather convoluted and sometimes difficult to approach.
All the more of a challenge!
I must confess, at first, my students were not overwhelmingly delighted with her short stories. Admittedly, some of them are pure experimental writing (no plot, no characters...) and certainly not an easy read.
In the course of the year, however, many students have come to appreciate the stories better and the analyses they provide are sometimes very impressive!
I am particularly happy about having studied this book in this class this year, as the curriculum is changing in September, and there will be no more of these one-book-one-year-classes.