Virginia Woolf and Politics

Dates: 1-6 July 2018
Venue: Wolfson College, Cambridge CB3 9BB

Bookings now open.

To mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, our 2018 summer course will think about how Woolf's writings address the politics of her day. We will explore her thinking about the First World War and the Armistice, alongside The Years (1937) and Three Guineas (1938), Woolf's responses to the political issues of the 1930s. We will explore various political contexts for her writings, such as the Labour Party, Leonard Woolf's political work, the pacifist movement, the suffrage movement, and feminism in the 1920s. 

Our lecturers are Alison Hennegan, Peter Jones, Claire Nicholson, Frances Spalding and Trudi Tate. Supervisors include Aoife ByrneAlison Hennegan, Nadine Tschacksch and Clare Walker-Gore.

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Woolf and Politics summer course immerses students for a week in the writing, ideas, and context of Virginia Woolf. There will be lectures, readings, supervisions, and excursions, all focused upon Virginia Woolf and her work. Each day starts with a lecture and discussion presented by a leading Woolf scholar. Most days there is a Cambridge-style supervision, given to students in very small groups, and taught by lecturers and post-doctorates from the University of Cambridge. Supervisions (tutorials) are a unique opportunity to discuss a work in depth, try out ideas, and refine your close reading skills.The course takes place shortly after the annual Virginia Woolf Conference on Woolf, Europe and Peace at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

Take the opportunity to live for a week in the lovely environment of Wolfson College, Cambridge. Immerse yourself in literature, with time to read and think. There will be visits to places of literary interest in Cambridge, a welcome dinner, a formal closing dinner, and a traditional English afternoon tea. 

Places are limited. Bookings now open. You can contact us via the Request button for booking forms. 

List of works by Virginia Woolf that we will study:

A Room of One's Own (1929)
Orlando (1928)
The Years (1937)
Three Guineas (1938)
Selected essays by Virginia Woolf and Leonard Woolf

 

Students had an informal discussion with Jane Potter after her lecture on Jacob's Room, July 2017

Students had an informal discussion with Jane Potter after her lecture on Jacob's Room, July 2017

Each day starts with a lecture and discussion presented by a leading scholar. Most days there is a Cambridge-style supervision, given to students in very small groups, and taught by lecturers and post-docs from the University of Cambridge. Supervisions (tutorials) are a unique opportunity to discuss a work in depth, try out ideas, and refine your close reading skills. 

After lectures, supervisions, and excursions, students will have some time to read and think in the beautiful modern setting of Wolfson College. And there will be chances to read further, explore Cambridge, talk with other students, and to reflect.

Alison Hennegan with supervision group, Woolf's Rooms, July  2017

Alison Hennegan with supervision group, Woolf's Rooms, July  2017

Supervisions
Supervisions last for one hour. Students meet in very small groups (usually 3 or 4 students) with a Cambridge supervisor to discuss the topic of the day, looking closely at the text of the day. Weather permitting, some supervisions can take place in Wolfson's lovely gardens. 

Every day there will be time to spend reading, to reflect upon the work covered so far, and to prepare for the next day's work. A rare chance to immerse yourself in some superb writing and to take the time to read and think. Enjoy living like a Cambridge student for a week.

A valuable part of the course is the chance to talk with other students, of all ages, who are deeply interested in Woolf. And there are plenty of places in and around college where you can read and think by yourself. Evening activities include talks, readings, and a formal Cambridge college dinner. Some evenings will be free for you to pursue your own interests, or spend time with other participants.

 

We are also excited to offer a second summer course, 8 to 13 July 2018: Women Writers: Emily Brontë to Elizabeth Bowen. This takes place in the week immediately following Woolf and Politics.

Early bird discount for bookings made by 22 December 2017.

Virginia Woolf summer course 2017

Virginia Woolf summer course 2017