Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures given by Edward Mendelson
THE UNIVERSITY SEMINARS & COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS announce the twenty-fourth series of the
LEONARD HASTINGS SCHOFF MEMORIAL LECTURES to be given by
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