"The poets succeed by simplifying: practically everything is left out. I want to put practically everything in" (Virginia Woolf, 1928). It often seems as though the modernist writers James Joyce and Virginia Woolf did put "practically everything" into their works. In this course we'll alternate between works by these two challenging and influential writers. Some of the texts we'll cover include Joyce's Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses, as well as Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, and Orlando. We will discuss the social and political conditions under which these two authors were writing and explore a wide range of twenty-first-century critical perspectives on their work. Class requirements include lively class participation, informal response papers, an annotated bibliography, and a final research paper.