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Last time, I wrote about the online programs offered to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, thanks to the pandemic. Today, I must also grudgingly thank the pandemic for the wide selection of online sessions featuring Woolf and other women writers that are offered by Literature Cambridge for the second year in a row.

Second Virginia Woolf Season

The first group of sessions are those remaining in the Second Virginia Woolf Season. Each offers an hour-long lecture by a Woolf scholar, followed by an hour of discussion. Each of the following sessions has a theme and focuses on one book by Woolf.

  • Saturday 26 March 2022, 6 p.m. BT – Tea and Tradition: Night and Day (1919),

    Ellie Harrison lecturing on Woolf via Zoom

    with Ellie Mitchell. Live repeat session.

  • Saturday 9 April 2022, 6 p.m. BST – Books and Libraries in Three Guineas (1938), with Claire Davison
  • Sunday 10 April 2022, 6 p.m. BST – Woolf and Androgyny: A Room of One’s Own (1929), with Alison Hennegan. Live repeat session.*
  • Sunday 8 May 2022, 6 p.m. BST – Virginia Woolf and Clive Bell, with Mark Hussey
  • Saturday 11 June 2022, 6 p.m. BST – Mrs Dalloway from Bond Street to Westminster, with Claire Nicholson.

British Summer Time: Please note that clocks in Britain move ahead one hour on Sunday 27 March 2022.

Woolf’s Houses summer course

The path behind the Monk’s House gate

Literature Cambridge’s annual summer course resumes this year with a live online course on Woolf’s Houses, 25-29 July 2022. Literature Cambridge hopes to resume the in-person Woolf Summer course in July 2023.

Women Writers Season

Woolfians might also be interested in the last few lectures in the Women Writers Season on Vita Sackville West, Radclyffe Hall, and Elizabeth Bowen. Dates are April 2, April 16, and May 7.

Members of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain are welcome to book sessions at the student price. Per session: £23 students, VWSGB members, CAMcard holders £28 full price

T-shirts like these may be available when Literature Cambridge holds its first in-person summer course since 2019 in July of 2023. The topic will be Woolf’s Women.

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Literature Cambridge continues to offer live online lectures and seminars on Woolf and many other literary topics, with its second season on Virginia Woolf running this month until May 2022.

A lecture on Mrs. Dalloway via Zoom with Literature Cambridge

The first was offered via Zoom last year.

Each session has a theme and focuses on one book by Woolf. Members of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain are welcome to book at the student price as they join a lively group of Woolf readers from all over the world.

Remaining sessions

  • Sunday 24 October 2021, 6 p.m. Woolf and ShakespeareA Room of One’s Own (1929), with Varsha Panjwani
  • Sunday 7 November 2021, 6 p.m. Woolf and ColourTo the Lighthouse (1927), with Claudia Tobin
  • Sunday 28 November 2021, 6 p.m. Woolf and Character: The Diary, with Ellie Mitchell
  • Saturday 4 December 2021,  6 p.m. Woolf and the Victorians: Tennyson in To the Lighthouse (1927), with Trudi Tate
  • Sunday 12 December 2021, 6 p.m. Woolf and LandscapeThe Voyage Out (1915), with Karina Jakubowicz
  • Saturday 18 December 2021, 6 p.m. Woolf and TheatreFreshwater, with Ellie Mitchell

Literature Cambridge also offers the Women Writers Season, which runs until December.

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Once again, Literature Cambridge is offering a wide array of online courses featuring Virginia Woolf and other renowned women writers who were her contemporaries. Read on for the details.

Women Writers Season

Go online to study a range of Woolf’s wonderful contemporaries. Authors on the list include Elizabeth Bowen, Winifred Holtby, Zora Neale Hurston, Rosamund Lehmann, Katherine Mansfield, Vita Sackville West, and many others — a full dozen in all.

The season focuses on writers in English, with most, but not all, based in Britain. Many of the authors included are not read widely today.

This is a great opportunity to discover some wonderful writers, and to study them with leading scholars.

Each online study session has a live lecture with a leading scholar and seminar on Zoom.

The season runs from June to September 2021. Get the details.

Virginia Woolf Season

The second Woolf Season starts in October 2021, runs through May 2022, and studies most of Woolf’s major works in detail. It includes live online lectures and seminars with leading scholars. Get the details.

The first season which explored Woolf’s major works in consecutive order, began in October 2020 with The Voyage Out (1915) and ran through June of this year with Between the Acts (1941).

Each two-hour class via Zoom was taught by a Woolf expert from the UK and featured a one-hour original lecture followed by a question and answer session.

Summer Wednesdays

As requested, some popular past sessions will be repeated on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. British Summer Time during July and August. Topics include:

Special rates for members

Members of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain can book at the student rate for Woolf sessions.

Karina Jacubowicz is just one lecturer in Literature Cambridge’s online courses on Virginia Woolf via Zoom.

A Literature Cambridge Zoom room

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Literature Cambridge has good news for those who live at a distance from the University of Cambridge:  Its upcoming Study Days are moving online. The intensive but accessible sessions will be held via Zoom, due to the coronavirus.

Each session has a lecture and seminar with a leading scholar and will last approximately 100 minutes. Organizers recommend that you allow two hours for each class, just in case they run a bit longer.

LITERATURE CAMBRIDGE ONLINE STUDY DAYS

Study Day: To the Lighthouse: The Mother in the Garden

Date and time: Saturday 9 May, 6–8 p.m. British Summer Time; 7–9 p.m. Central European Time

Join Lit Cambridge for an intensive evening studying one of Virginia Woolf’s greatest novels. Based on Woolf’s memories of childhood summers by the sea, To the Lighthouse is a powerfully moving account of love, art and loss.

Lecture and a seminar led by Trudi Tate, Director of Literature Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.

Date and Time for other time zones: Sunday 10 May 2020 (Repeat class)

Lit Cambridge will repeat the topic on 10 May, for the benefit of people in Japan, Australia, and similar time zones. But you are welcome to book, wherever you are. This will be a live lecture and seminar, via Zoom.

10.00-12.00 British Summer Time
11.00-13.00 Central European Time
18.00-20.00 Tokyo Time
19.00-21.00 Melbourne time
21.00-23.00 New Zealand Time

Study Day: Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway

Date and time: Sunday 24 May, 6–8 p.m. British Summer Time; 7–9 p.m. Central European Time

An intensive evening studying Virginia Woolf’s memorable novel set on a single day in London in 1923. Mrs Dalloway traces the joys, sufferings, and memories of two very different characters: Clarissa Dalloway, married to a Conservative Member of Parliament; and Septimus Smith, a former soldier who is suffering from shell shock.

Lecture and seminar led by Trudi Tate, Director of Literature Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, who has a chapter on Mrs Dalloway in her book, Modernism, History and the First World War .

Tickets and Bookings

£22 full price

£18 students and CAMcard holders

Bookings are open and can be made online.

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