So, I saw this quote on a friend’s Facebook page, under his “About Me” section. I thought it was amazing, and knew I wanted to repeat it here. Then, I looked up its author and saw that it was from the late and great Virginia Woolf. This friend and I took a class on V. Woolf our senior year at Miami, and many of my fondest English major moments came in that class, trying to decipher that complex woman. These words, though, are very clear and from the Cambridge Introduction to Virginia Woolf.
- Let us trespass at once. Literature is no one’s private ground; literature is common ground. It is not cut up into nations; there are no wars there. Let us trespass freely and fearlessly and find our own way for ourselves. It is thus that English Literature will survive this war and cross the gulf–if commoners and outsiders like ourselves make the country our own country, if we teach ourselves how to read and to write, how to preserve, and how to create.