Night and Day: Virginia Woolf in Poetic Echoes
Night and Day (Part 2 of Virginia Woolf in Poetic Echoes series)
Sunday, November 12 | 2:00-4:00pm ET
online via Zoom
Instructor: Sakina B. Fakhri (co-founder/editor at Lazuli Literary Group)
We will discuss plot techniques, character types, and an increasing engagement in social structures in Virginia Woolf's second (and perhaps least commonly known) novel, Night and Day (1919). Our inroads to these features will be, as always, the specific poetic flair that Woolf exhibits within her pages.
In the first session, we delved into some of Woolf's personal literary theory--her words on how she wanted to write and to what extent this manifested in The Voyage Out. In this second session, we will focus on the philosophical themes about women, work, and marriage as teased out via Woolf's "radical" characters in Night and Day. Our focus will not necessarily be the themes themselves, but rather how the system of language and poetics wefts and bends, via Woolf's skillful pen, to make vivid an unexpected (for the era) web of human relations.
- Night and Day by Virginia Woolf (strongly recommended, obviously)
- The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman by H.G. Wells (optional - novel - fast-moving prose, witty narration, and an amusing plot; can probably read in a couple of days)
- Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (optional - "a novel in verse" - longer, denser, intense; might take a while to read)
*About a week in advance of the class, I will provide a packet (approx. 2 hours of reading time) that contains the passages we will directly discuss.
During the session itself, we will have a live artist sketching the evolution of the discussion in real time!
"Night and Day: Virginia Woolf in Poetic Echoes" is the second in a nine-session series that moves chronologically through the novels of Virginia Woolf. Each discussion includes a presentation and analysis of supplementary excerpts—"echoes"—from works of poets & writers throughout history.
*Register and pay for each session separately. This purchase grants you admission to Session 2, Night and Day: Virginia Woolf in Poetic Echoes on November 12, 2023.