Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries

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Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries

Selected Papers from the 25th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf

Clemson University Press


June 16th, 2016

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Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries, seeks to contextualize Virginia Woolf’s writing alongside the work of other women writers during the first decades of the twentieth-century.  This volume not only expands our understanding of the unprecedented number of female writers but also helps us comprehend the ways that these writers contributed and complicated modernist literature.  It explores how burgeoning communities and enclaves of women writers intersected with and coexisted alongside Virginia Woolf and emphasizes both the development of enclaves and specific female subcultures or individual writers who were contemporaneous with Virginia Woolf.  The selected papers reflect the conference’s diversity, both in themes explored and in the contributors.  It includes known Woolf scholars such as Mark Hussey, Vara Neverow, Eleanor McNees, Leslie Kathleen Hankins, and Elisa Kay Sparks, as well as major scholars who do not generally write on Woolf, such as Melissa Zeiger, Kristin Bluemel, and Kimberley Ann Coates, and exciting new voices, such as Alyssa Mackenzie, Emily Rials, and Jessica Kim.  The essays in the first section, “Who Are Virginia Woolf’s Female Contemporaries,” explore the boundaries of contemporaneity by considering women across nation, time, and class.  The second section, “Cultural Contexts,” explores Woolf’s connections to early twentieth-century culture such as film and book societies. The two final sections, “Recovery and Recuperation,” and “Connections Between Canonical Writers,” illuminate the interlocking network of women writers and artists, the latter through women who have been bereft of scholarly attention and the former through women who have received more scholarly attention.  One of the most enticing sections of the volume is the collection of essays presented during the conference’s Jane Marcus’s memorial. Three of Marcus’ students celebrate the life, work, and influence of this unparalleled Woolf scholar.

Author Information

Julie Vandivere is Professor of English, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Megan Hicks, independent scholar.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Contents 6
Introduction 8
Acknowledgments 19
Abbreviations 21
Who Are Virginia Woolf’s Female Contemporaries? 22
Considering Contemporaneity: Woolf and “the Maternal Generation”23
Who is My Contemporary? Woolf, Mansfield, and Their Servants 29
“The World is My Country”: Emma Goldman among the Avant-Garde 36
“Definite, Burly, and Industrious”: Virginia Woolf and Gwen Darwin Raverat 43
“A Verbal Life on the Lips of the Living”: Virginia Woolf, Ellen Terry, and the Victorian Contemporary50
Twists of the Lily: Floral Ambivalence in the Work of Virginia Woolf and Georgia O’Keeffe 57
Virginia Woolf’s Cultural Contexts 68
Virginia Woolf and the Book Society Limited69
The Outsider as Editor: Three Guineas and the Feminist Periodical 77
Woolf’s Imperialist Cousins: Missionary Vocations of Dorothea and Rosamond Stephen 83
Mary Sheepshanks, Virginia Stephen, and Morley College: Learning to Teach, Learning to Write 90
Picture This: Virginia Woolf in the British Good Housekeeping!? or Moving Picture This: Woolf’s London Essays and the Cinema 97
“Quota Quickies Threaten Audience Intelligence Levels!”: The Power of the Screen in Virginia Woolf’s “The Cinema” and “Middlebrow” and Betty Miller’s Farewell Leicester Square 107
Virginia Woolf’s Contemporaries Abroad 114
Reconfiguring the Mermaid: H.D., Virginia Woolf, and the Radical Ethics of Writing as Marine Practice 115
A Carnival of the Grotesque: Feminine Imperial Flânerie in Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting” and Una Marson’s “Little Brown Girl” 123
Mad Women: Dance, Female Sexuality, and Surveillance in the Work of Virginia Woolf and Emily Holmes Coleman 130
Shop My Closet: Virginia Woolf, Marianne Moore, and Fashion Contemporaries 137
Virginia Woolf and Victoria Ocampo: A Brazilian Perspective 143
Making Waves in Lonely Parallel: Evelyn Scott and Virginia Woolf150
Critical Characters in Search of an Author: Cornelia Sorabji and Virginia Woolf 157
“In my mind I saw my mother”: Virginia Woolf, Zitkala-Ša, and Autobiography 164
Virginia Woolf’s Contemporaries at Home 170
“The Squeak of the Hinge”: Hinging and Swinging in Woolf and Mansfield 171
“People must marry”: Queer Temporality in Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield 178
The Weight of “Formal Obstructions” and Punctuation in Mrs. Dalloway and Pointed Roofs 184
Advise and Reject: Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press, and a Forgotten Woman’s Voice 191
Florence Melian Stawell and Virginia Woolf: Home-front Experience, The Price of Freedom, and Patriotism 198
Intimations of Cosmic Indifference in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Olive Moore’s Spleen 204
“Could I sue a dead person?”: Rebecca West and Virginia Woolf 210
Splintered Sexualities in Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and Sylvia Townsend Warner’s “A Love Match” 217
Sexual Cryptographies and War in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts and Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day 223
Tribute to Jane Marcus230
Memorial Tribute for Jane Marcus231
To Jane, Thank you. With Love,234
Tribute to Jane Marcus237
Contributors 239
Conference Program 244