One Great Novel: Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
Instructor: Cammy Thomas, PhD
September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19
6 Tuesdays from 10:00-12:00
Cammy Thomas’ first book of poems, Cathedral of Wish, received the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete her second, Inscriptions. Her third collection, Tremors, is forthcoming in 2021. All are published by Four Way Books. She received a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Having taught literature and creative writing for many years, she lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Dalloway is a groundbreaking 1922 novel set in London has two plots: in one, a well-connected upper-class woman prepares for and gives a dinner party; in the other, a shell-shocked World War I veteran, wandering in Hyde Park with his wife, has a breakdown. The novel weaves from one story to the other in the London between the wars, focused on two personalities with their loves, fears, and hopes. Woolf helps bring the modern novel into being with this deeply moving portrait of an era.
The first class is informational (no homework that day). For each subsequent class, we will be reading a section of the novel, so please have a copy on hand for the duration of the course. Nothing is required except reading.