Mobile Reading Marathon: Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own
Marah Gubar, Associate Professor of Literature
“I can’t bear lecturing,” wrote Virginia Woolf, as she struggled to produce the text of what would eventually become A Room of One’s Own (1929), “it takes ages, and I do it vilely.” Written to be read amidst the domes and towers of a prestigious university by a river, Woolf’s luminous meditation on how creative minds work (and what impedes their full flourishing) explores what it means that minds inhabit bodies, and bodies inhabit particular spaces and times.
Hoping to bring some extra warmth to the icy days of IAP, the Literature Section invites you to bask in the “the rich yellow flame of rational intercourse”: to join us as we read aloud Woolf’s brilliant, self-questioning, unconventional essay in its entirety, in different locations around the MIT campus linked to the ones that Woolf describes in Room.
“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” Come from start to finish, or just drop by for a little while; all are welcome. Books, good fellowship, and refreshment provided. After all, “one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
Tweet as you participate: #ROOMatMIT
Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
When: Tue. Jan 31, 2017 ; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: View full list of times & locations here
Sponsor(s): Literature Section
Contact: Chloe J. Jones (617) 258-5629 firstname.lastname@example.org