Virginia Woolf and Politics

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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 hope to study 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.

Confirmed lecturers so far include Alison Hennegan, Peter Jones, Claire Nicholson, Frances Spalding and Trudi Tate. Supervisors include Alison Hennegan, Nadine Tschacksch and Clare Walker-Gore.

Provisional dates: 2-6 July 2018.

The course takes place shortly after the annual Virginia Woolf Conference on Woolf, Europe and Peace at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

Provisional 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

Further reading: Hermione Lee's biography of Virginia Woolf (Vintage, 1997; in print). You might also want to read Leonard Woolf's autobiography of the years 1919-1939, Downhill All the Way. Both optional.

More details to follow soon. Watch this space.