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St. John’s College Community Seminar on Virginia Woolf’s

Originally Posted on admin, September 25, 2009

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St. John’s College Community Seminar on Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

Who:     Keri Ames, Tutor, St. John’s College – Santa Fe

What:    Fall Community Seminar

Title:      “Virginia Woolf: A Room of One’s Own”

Where:   Santa Fe Hall, Room 106
               St. John’s College  

When:    September 25 – 27: Friday, 6 – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1 – 3 p.m.

Details:  This weekend seminar is an opportunity for community members to read and discuss a seminal work.

“The book has somehow to be adapted to the body…” insists Virginia Woolf as she tackles her topic of women and fiction with great narrative cunning and glee, incorporating a trinity of Marys (by the last names of Beton, Seton, and Carmichael) to serve as her narrators in an essay that itself defies categorization into any simple genre. In so doing, she provokes readers to question the interaction between genre and gender. For Woolf finally claims, “…it is fatal for anyone who writes to think of their sex. It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple; one must be woman-manly or man-womanly.” Woolf’s writing gives birth to the possibility of a genius beyond gender while compelling readers to consider why, whether male or female, all people need rooms of their own and what impact Woolf's narrative strategy creates upon the human condition.  The recommended edition is Harvest Books, 2005 (ISBN-10: 0156030411), and the first assignment is A Room of One's Own, Chapters 1 and 2. The cost for the weekend seminar is $180.

Community Seminars are special opportunities for community members to read and discuss seminal works in the same unique manner as students of St. John’s College.

Seminars are discussion-based and small in size in order to ensure spirited dialogue.

Teachers with proof of employment can enroll for Community Seminars at a 50% discount. Community Seminars are free to 11th and 12th grade high school students (limited spaces available). All seminar materials are available at the St. John’s College bookstore (505-984-6056). Registration is available by calling 505-984-6117.

After receiving a doctorate in 2003 from the University of Chicago as a Century Fellow in Social Thought, Keri Ames held a number of academic positions in the U.S and abroad, including research associate at the Zurich James Joyce Foundation, lecturer at the University College-Dublin James Joyce Summer School, and lecturer and postdoctoral fellow in the humanities at Yale University. Ames joined the St. John’s faculty in Santa Fe in 2005.