Now you have to admit a class with the title WHO’S AFRAID OF READING VIRGINIA WOOLF? is a creative play on
words and it issues a challenge! This is entirely appropriate because Virginia Woolf’s life and writing do just that.
Born in 1882, Woolf declined the role she was expected to play in the proper Victorian society of her time. Early in the class, Elizabeth Reinhart will discuss how her writing related so
closely to the life she did choose. If you happen to know only the ending of her story (and you won’t read it
here if you don’t!), you’ll be fascinated
by the details of her famous colleagues,
her unusual relationships and her personal difficulties.
Virginia Woolf’s b e t t e r- k n o w n works are Mrs. Dalloway,
To the Lighthouse, Orlando and A Room of One’s Own, but Ms. Reinhart will instead use very short stories and essays to illustrate the extraordinary auditory and visual percep- tions of the author, and yes, her humor as well.
A great deal more information is now available about Woolf than it was for some time after her death and you’ll have a very well educated
guide in Ms. Reinhart: her interest started as a high school student and continued as she attained a law degree and a Master’s degree in philosophy. It’s likely that you may share her feeling that reading Virginia Woolf as a teenager is a totally diff erent experience from reading her works many years later.
If you’ve never read anything by this author, you’ll be introduced to a major innovator in our language. Whether you’re a new or returning reader, accept the challenge: there’s no need to be afraid of this Woolf!