Kevin Dettmar: COVID Check-In - James Joyce Quarterly

Kevin Dettmar: COVID Check-In

This third entry in our COVID Check-Ins series, features Dr. Kevin Dettmar giving an update from Claremont, California where he works as an instructor at Pomona College, as well as the director of their Humanities Studio.

Kevin discusses the conundrum of the humanities, without humans and finding ways to connect in a pandemic. Finally, Kevin delves into a discussion of Virginia Woolf’s novel “Mrs. Dalloway” to discuss the traces of the 1918 pandemic, as well as the theme of isolation and loneliness. Specifically, he keys in on the phrase “alone together” as a particularly appropriate description of both Woolf’s time, as well as our own predicament.