Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures given by Edward Mendelson

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 8:00pm
Location: 
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
Event Category: 
Talks

THE UNIVERSITY SEMINARS &  COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY  PRESS announce the twenty-fourth series of  the

LEONARD HASTINGS SCHOFF MEMORIAL LECTURES to be given by

Edward Mendelson

Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia

MEDICINE, EMPIRE, LOVE: THE INNER LIFE OF MRS  DALLOWAY

I. MEDICINE - Monday, November 13, 2017, 8 P.M.

II. EMPIRE - Monday, November 20, 2017, 8 P.M.

III. LOVE - Monday, November 27, 2017, 8 P.M.

Virginia Woolf’s fourth novel Mrs. Dalloway (1925) records the thoughts and acts of a half-dozen unexceptional people in the course of a single day. Yet, through the intensity of its focus, the book also portrays vast panoramas of history and civilization and profound emotional complexities and moral depths. These talks focus on three aspects of this endlessly illuminating book. The first, “Medicine,” explores Virginia Woolf's understanding of bodily and mental illness and well-being. The second, “Empire,” concerns her understanding of the power of large impersonal forces over individual lives. The third, “Love,” is about the real and possible relations that her characters experience with themselves and with others.

Edward Mendelson is the Lionel  Trilling  Professor  in  the  Humanities  at  Columbia  and  the  Literary  Executor of the Estate of W. H. Auden. His books include Early Auden, Later Auden: A Critical Biography; The   Things that Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say about the Stages of Life; and Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-  Century American Writers. He has edited eight volumes of The Complete Works of W. H. Auden and many other selected and collected  editions  of  Auden’s  writings.  He  has  also  edited  novels  by  Anthony  Trollope,  George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, H. G.  Wells,  and  Arnold  Bennett.  He  is  a  frequent  contributor  to  The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, TLS, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, and other publications. He has been a Contributing Editor at PC Magazine since 1987. He is a member of the  American  Academy  of  Arts  and  Sciences  and  of  the  American  Philosophical Society.

LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC |Reception immediately following each lecture  All lectures are held in Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive