Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach: Robin Black on Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Date / Time

  • October 10, 2018
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

“Mrs Dalloway: Party Planning As Key to Stream of Consciousness, Social Consciousness, and Shattered Consciousness, too” 

Mrs Dalloway, the story of an affluent woman making a party, is so much more than that: a study of consciousness; of social rank and social wrongs; perhaps above all, a contemplation of time; and yet, for all of that, an awfully good read of rarely equaled momentum. This talk will delve into all of those aspects of the book with an emphasis on what writers and all lovers of literature can learn about the craft of writing from what Woolf has put on the page.

About the Speaker

Author Robin Black is currently teaching the Rosenbach course on Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway.

Robin Black’s story collection, If I loved you, I would tell you this, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize, and named a Best Book of 2010 by numerous publications, including the Irish Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel, Life Drawing, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014, was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Impac Dublin Literature Prize, and the Folio Prize. A recipient of fellowships from MacDowell Colony and The Leeway Foundation, Robin is a Contributing Editor to Colorado Review. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including One Story, The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, Southern Review, The Rumpus, O. MagazineConde Nast Traveler UK, and many anthologies, including The Best Creative Nonfiction. Her most recent book is Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide. Robin lives with her husband in Philadelphia and teaches in the Rutgers-Camden MFA Program.


Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach are sponsored by Lenore Steiner and Perry Lerner.

About Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach

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