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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Woolf’s experimentation with biography and her feminist perspectives on women and literature are addressed in this course which focuses upon two key Woolf texts of the late 1920s; the fantasy biography Orlando and the celebrated feminist polemic A Room of One’s Own. Described as ‘the longest love letter in English Literature’, Orlando is on one level a tribute to Woolf’s lesbian lover Vita Sackville West, but further consideration shows it also shares certain aspects with the discussion of women’s relationships with art, literature and education in A Room of One’s Own. This course will explore Woolf’s ideas and techniques in the late 1920s as expressed in these two remarkable books.

Essential reading for the course: 

Virginia Woolf Orlando Oxford World Classics 1998 (ed. Rachel Bowlby) 

Virginia Woolf A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas Oxford World Classics 1998 (ed. Morag Shiach)



Who can book?

Our weekend courses are open to participants over the age of 18 and courses are taught at approximately first-year undergraduate level. No academic qualifications are required and most courses are suitable for students who are new to the subject. Please ensure that you complete any required reading before the course starts to enable you to fully participate.

English language requirements

Teaching is in English (unless a foreign-language course). If your first language is not English, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have the required near-native command of the language to get the maximum benefit from studying with ICE.

Accessibility and additional support for students 

We make every effort to meet the requirements of those students with additional needs. Please let us know about any additional requirements at the time of booking so that we can offer you the support and advice you require before and during your course(s).

You can also refer to our Further information for students with additional requirements section on our website.

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Course dates

22 Oct 2021 to 24 Oct 2021

Course duration

1 Weekend

Apply by

18 Oct 2021

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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