Virginia Woolf talks

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Literature Cambridge and Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge present a series of talks on Virginia Woolf and her contemporaries, given by distinguished scholars in the field. The talks are free and open to all. Town and gown all welcome. Talks start at 1.00 pm.
You can buy lunch in the Lucy Cavendish dining hall from 12.30 pm before the talk.
Venue: Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU

 

Save the date: an all-day reading of The Waves (1931), Woolf’s most lyrical novel. Thomas Gray Room, Pembroke College, Sunday 27 October 2019.

Talks at Lucy Cavendish

Michaelmas Term 2019

Tuesday 15 October, 1.00 pm: Ellie Mitchell, ADC Theatre, Cambridge, on Reading Ritual in The Waves (1931).
Venue: Founders’ Room, Lucy Cavendish College.

The Waves was variously described by Woolf as a 'playpoem', a 'mystical poetical novel' and 'something struggled for'. This talk reads the novel in the light of Woolf's interest in the anthropologist Jane Harrison's theories of classical culture, art and ritual.

Tuesday 5 November, 1.00 pm: Professor Dame Gillian Beer, Clare Hall, Cambridge, on Modernist Alice.
Venue: Wolfson Room, Lucy Cavendish College.

The Alice books transform from age to age and place to place. In the period of Modernism in Britain and Surrealism in Europe, they took devious and different directions. The talk will be illustrated with writing and images drawn from Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Walter de la Mare, Arthur Eddington, Vladimir Nabokov, Andre Breton, and others.

Lent Term 2020 

Tuesday 4 February, 1.00 pm: Speaker to be confirmed.
Venue: Wolfson Room, Lucy Cavendish College.

Tuesday 10 March 2020, 1.00 pm: Clare Nicholson, Literature Cambridge and ICE, The Ambivalent Friendship of Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield: ‘A Public of Two’.
Venue: Wolfson Room, Lucy Cavendish College.

Lent Term 2020 

Tuesday 28 April 2020: speaker tbc

You can read about our past talks in this series here. Contact us: info@literaturecambridge.co.uk.

Isobel Maddison’s talk, January 2019

Isobel Maddison’s talk, January 2019

Students at Gillian Beer's talk on The Waves, Jan. 2017. You can read an extract from Gillian's talk on our  Blog  page, Feb. 2017.

Students at Gillian Beer's talk on The Waves, Jan. 2017. You can read an extract from Gillian's talk on our Blog page, Feb. 2017.

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