Why is Virginia Woolf considered one of the most important authors of all time? Why do many list her masterpieces To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway as among the greatest novels of the 20th century? Join Joseph Luzzi, a professor of literature at Bard College, as he explores Woolf’s remarkable literary contributions. Discover why her innovative writing style, extraordinary emotional insights, and profound level of learning continue to enchant readers worldwide and attract new audiences.
10–11 a.m. A Masterpiece: Mrs. Dalloway
An introduction to Virginia Woolf’s life and work, including the qualities that make her writing and thinking so groundbreaking. The focus of this session is on Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway.
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Rethinking a Woman’s Place in the World: A Room of One’s Own
A consideration of key feminist, historical, and philosophical issues through a discussion of Woolf’s landmark work A Room of One’s Own.
12:15–12:45 p.m. Break
12:45–1:45 p.m. Reinventing Stream of Consciousness: To the Lighthouse
Detailed reflections on Woolf’s enduring brilliance as a novelist, with a focus on key masterpiece To the Lighthouse.
2–3 p.m. Identity’s Many Masks: Orlando
An exploration of Woolf’s brilliant understanding of gender in relation to her highly innovative novel Orlando.