Stapleford Granary

Course description

Saturday 15 September 2018

11.00-17.00  £80 / £70 students

Tea, coffee and light lunch provided
In partnership with Literature Cambridge

A Room of One's Own (1929) is one of Woolf's most influential works. What are her main ideas in the book, and how do they speak to us today? Three leading Cambridge lecturers will explore different aspects of the book, looking at the rich historical context in which Woolf was writing. 

Alison Hennegan, Women and Education in A Room of One’s Own

Trudi Tate, A Room of One’s Own after the First World War

Frances Spalding, The Geography within A Room of One’s Own


The day will finish with a round-table seminar in which everyone can join in the discussion.

No prerequisites, just a love of reading. 



About our lecturers 

Alison Hennegan is Director of Studies in English and a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. After working for many years in gay activism, literary journalism, publishing and broadcasting, she returned to Cambridge to teach for numerous Cambridge colleges, specialising in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and in Tragedy. She has published on Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth von Arnim, First World War writings, Benjamin Britten, gay fiction, and many other topics.  


Frances Spalding CBE is a Professor of Art History and a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. She has written books on Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, John Minton, Duncan Grant, and many others, including Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision (2014).


Trudi Tate is a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge and Director of Literature Cambridge. She has published books and articles on the First World War, the Crimean War, and the American-Vietnamese War, with a special interest in Vietnamese refugee writers. She runs an annual summer course on Virginia Woolf.