Stapleford Granary

Event description

In Association with Literature Cambridge & ACE Cultural Tours

Time: 10.30 – 17.00

This fascinating one-day symposium investigates Virginia Woolf’s much-loved novel, To the Lighthouse, with special lectures by leading Woolf scholars.

To the Lighthouse (1927) is a highly experimental work in terms of its form, yet it is also a novel about familiar human feelings: about families, longing, loss, and creativity. It is about mothers and fathers; about love and mourning.

Three leading Woolf scholars will reflect upon different aspects of the novel:

Gillian Beer: The wealth of story-telling within To The Lighthouse.

Trudi Tate: Mourning, melancholia, and the Victorian mother in To the Lighthouse.

Frances Spalding:  Cézanne, Roger Fry, and visual art in To the Lighthouse.


Further info

Professor Dame Gillian Beer is retired Edward VII Professor at the University of Cambridge and former President of Clare Hall. Her books include George Eliot, Darwin’s Plots, Virginia Woolf: The Common Ground, Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter, and Alice in Space (late 2016).

Dr Trudi Tate is a Fellow, Tutor and Praelector of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and Director of Literature Cambridge. Her books include Modernism, History and the First World War; Women’s Fiction and the Great War; The Listening Watch: Australian Memories of Viet Nam; and The Silent Morning: Culture and Memory After the Armistice.

 Professor Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and biographer. Her books include British Art Since 1900, The Bloomsbury Group, and biographies of Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Gwen Raverat and Stevie Smith. She was Professor of Art History at Newcastle University and is now editor of Burlington Magazine. She curated the exhibition Virginia Woolf: Art, Vision and Life at the National Portrait Gallery in 2014.