Plan II Alumni Book Club Inaugural Meeting, November 7, 7:00 pm at the Joynes Room in 007 Carothers
hosted by Dr. Carol Mackay, who will lead a discussion of Virginia Woolf's masterpiece, Room of One's Own
Posted: November 4, 2006
In response to alumni requests, the Plan II Honors Program is helping to facilitatebook club for alumni. The first few sessions will be hosted by distinguished UT faculty. This should be an excellent opportunity for alumns to meet new people and to connect with former classmates and favorite professors.
Sometimes called her most important work, this 1929 essay about society and art and sexism is also one of Woolf's most accessible. She takes us on an erudite yet conversational--and completely entertaining--walk around the history of women and writing, smoothly comparing the architecture of sentences by the likes of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen, all the while lampooning the chauvinistic state of university education in the England of her day. Come prepared to talk about Woolf's style and ideas as well as some of the literature by other women that she brings to our attention.
Carol MacKay received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and UCLA. A Distinguished Teaching Professor of English and an Affiliate with Women's and Gender Studies, she teaches courses in the Victorian novel, women's studies, and autobiography at the University of Texas. She is the author of Soliloquy in Nineteenth-Century Fiction and Creative Negativity: Four Victorian Exemplars of the Female Quest, as well as editor of Dramatic Dickens and The Two Thackerays. The recipient of numerous university-wide teaching awards, she is also the president-elect of UT's Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Please join us Tuesday, November 7th at 7PM in the Joynes Reading Room on the UT Campus. (The Joynes Room is on the first floor of the Carothers Building, Room 007, at 2501 Whitis Ave. Visitors must enter through the courtyard on the east side of the building.) We will provide refreshments for this first meeting and ask that you RSVP to this email address.