Ann Martin and Kathryn Holland
Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf comprises thirty-five essays selected from papers delivered at the 22nd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, hosted by the University of Saskatchewan. Contributors link inter- and multidisciplinary scholarship to the intellectual and creative projects of Woolf and her modernist peers. Essays that identify and extend points of contact between literary studies and varied disciplines are arranged in four thematic sections: "History, Materiality, Multiplicity"; "Patterns, Practices, Principles"; "Art, Influence, Embodiment"; and "Publishing, Politics, Publics." This collection contains writing by established and emergent scholars, including Susan Brown, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy (editors of Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles, from the Beginnings to the Present); Leslie Kathleen Hankins; Maggie Humm; and Brenda Silver.
Derek Ryan and Stella Bolaki
Contradictory Woolf is a collection of 37 essays selected from approximately 200 papers presented at the 21st Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, hosted by the University of Glasgow (9-12 June 2011). The theme of contradiction in Woolf's writing, including her use of the word "but," is widely explored in relation to auto/biography, art, philosophy, cognitive science, sexuality, animality, class, mathematics, translation, annotation, poetry, and war. Among the essays collected in this volume are the five keynote addresses—by Judith Allen, Suzanne Bellamy, Marina Warner, Patricia Waugh, and Michael Whitworth—as well as a preface by Jane Goldman and an introduction by the editors.
Kristin Czarnecki and Carrie Rohman
Virginia Woolf and the Natural World is a compilation of thirty-one essays presented at the twentieth annual international conference on Virginia Woolf. This volume explores Woolf's complex engagement with the natural world, an engagement that was as political as it was aesthetic. The diversity of topics within this collection—ecofeminism, the nature of time, the nature of the self, nature and sporting, botany, climate, and landscape, just to name a few—fosters a deeper understanding of the nature of nature in Woolf's works. Contributors include Bonnie Kime Scott, Carrie Rohman, Diana Swanson, Elisa Kay Sparks, Beth Rigel Daugherty, Jane Goldman, and Diane Gillespie, among many others from the international community of Woolf scholars.
Jane de Gay and Marion Dell
The Eleventh Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf was the first to be held outside the United States. This voyage across the Atlantic was the stimulus for an exploration of themes of voyaging in Woolf's works, from her interests in travel and cross-cultural encounters to her imaginative voyages between texts and genres...and the subsequent voyages her texts have made into the work of others. Published nine years after the conference, this selection of papers by international scholars fills a gap in the chronicles of the Woolf conference. For this reason, several papers feature an Afterword outlining developments in research since 2001, and the book also includes a "Bibliography of Publications Arising from the Conference," facilitating access to research presented at Bangor but published elsewhere. Another special feature of the volume is the tribute to one of the keynote speakers, Julia Briggs, who died in 2007, in which Beth Rigel Daugherty communicates the gratitude of the scholarly community for Julia's many contributions to Woolf studies. This welcome publication is a fitting record of our collective voyage as Woolf scholars.
Elizabeth F. Evans and Sarah E. Cornish
Woolf and the City collects important essays selected from the nearly 200 papers delivered at the nineteenth annual international conference on Virginia Woolf. The volume includes an introduction by the editors, the conference keynote addresses, and twenty-five essays organized around six presiding themes: Navigating London; Spatial Perceptions and the Cityscape; Regarding Others; The Literary Public Sphere; Border Crossings and Liminal Landscapes; and Teaching Woolf, Woolf Teaching. It also includes a special session of the conference, a round-table conversation on Woolf's legacy in and out of the academy. Beyond the volume's focus on urban issues, many of the essays address the ethical and political implications of Woolf's work, a move that suggests new insights into Woolf as a "real world" social critic. The contributors, who include Ruth Gruber, Molly Hite, Mark Hussey, Tamar Katz, Eleanor McNees, Kathryn Simpson, and Rishona Zimring, advance Woolf studies and the broader fields of narrative studies, cultural geography, urban theory, phenomenology, and gender studies.
Eleanor McNees and Sara Veglahn
The Eighteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf focused on Woolf as editor both of her own work and of the Hogarth Press, and on editing Woolf—on the conflation of textual and theoretical criticism of Woolf's oeuvre. Since many contributors to the conference, like Woolf, were editors, creative writers, and critics, the sessions, readings, and plenary talks highlighted the intersections of those three roles. The papers collected in this volume represent the entire range of the 33 conference panels—from the Cambridge University Press Roundtable to the session on Modernist Archives and Intellectual Property. The essays variously addressed the "granite" of close textual reading and the "rainbow" of theoretical approaches to Woolf's writings. Several more flexible versions of editing emerge in the papers that discuss adaptations of Woolf to film, theatre, and music. Brenda Silver's keynote address in memory of Julia Briggs opens the volume, and James Haule's plenary talk concludes it.
Diana Royer and Madelyn Detloff
The Seventeenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf focused on the themes of art, education, and internationalism. This volume presents the plenary addresses of Jane de Gay and Patricia Laurence, along with works by Judith Allen, Suzanne Bellamy, Diane F. Gillespie, Elisa Kay Sparks, and Diana L. Swanson. Other Woolf scholars, including some voices new to the community, address topics as diverse as Woolf's response to war, Woolf and desire, Woolf's literary representation of Scotland, Woolf's connection to writers beyond the Anglophone tradition, and Woolf's reception in China, to note just a few. The three themes of the conference—art, education, and internationalism—elicited thought provoking presentations, and the cluster of papers in this volume represents the richness of that new scholarship on Virginia Woolf.
Anna Burrells, Steve Ellis, Deborah Parsons, and Kathryn Simpson
The Sixteenth Annual Internation Conference on Virginia Woolf aimed to explore Woolf's work from perspectives "beyond the boundary" of her own positions and attitudes, taking her coolness towards the provinces and "prejudice" against the regional novel (Letters 6: 381) as the starting point for considering her writing in the light of its own "limits," self-declared and otherwise. From the approximately 140 papers delivered at the conference by delegates from eighteen countries, the editors have chosen 26 for the present volume, ranging from Woolf's connections with the "Birmingham School" of novelists in the 1930s to her interests in environmentalism, portraiture, photography, and the media, and her endlessly fascinating relationship with the writings of her contemporaries and predecessors.
Helen Southworth and Elisa Kay Sparks
Coinciding with the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's Expedition, the wide range of papers presented at this conference emphasized the adventurousness of Woolf's work. Nearly 30 essays were selected for publication that reflect her enterprising nature, with titles such as Cheryl Mares's "The Making of Virginia Woolf's America" and Emily Wittman's "The Decline and Fall of Rachel Vinrace: Reading Gibbon in Virginia Woolf's The Voyage Out." The selected papers explore such topics as Woolf's life; her relationship to nature and to scientific and environmental thinking; her attitudes towards London, America, and the Middle East; and the cultural origins and contexts of her outlook on art and empire.
Karen V. Kukil
The nearly 200 papers delivered at the Thirteenth Internation Conference on Virginia Woolf focused on the ways Woolf engaged the "real world" of her time and the ways her legacy continues to engage "real world" issues now. Thirty essays were selected for publication that relect the life, writings, and afterlife of Virginia Woolf. In addition to the remarks of plenary speakers Carol T. Christ, Lyndall Gordon, Carolyn Heilbrun, and Frances Spalding, the selected papers include essays by Michael Barrett, Susan C. Bourque, Julia Briggs, Maggie Humm, Dianne Hunter, Eleanor McNees, Kathryn Simpson, and Elizabeth Gallaher von Klemperer, among other distinguished Woolf scholars.