This volume aims to situate Virginia Woolf as a writer who, despite her fame as a leading modernist, also drew on a rich literary and cultural heritage. The chapters in this volume explore the role her family heritage, literary tradition and heritage locations play in Woolf’ s works, uncovering the influence the past had on her work, and particularly her deep indebtedness to the Victorian period in the process. It looks at how she reimagined heritage, including her queer readings of the past. This volume also aims to examine Woolf’ s own literary legacy: with essays examining her reception in Romania, Poland and France and her impact on contemporary writers like Alice Munro and Lidia Yuknavitch. Lastly, Woolf’ s standing in the increasingly popular field of biofiction is explored. The collection features an extended chapter on Virginia Woolf’ s relationship with her cousin H.A.L. Fisher by David Bradshaw, and an extended chapter by Laura Marcus on Woolf and the concept of shame.
Jane de Gay is a member of the Editorial Board of the Woolf Studies Annual. She gave the Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture (for the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain) on ‘ Virginia Woolf and the Clergy’ in 2009 and was an invited plenary speaker at the 17th Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, Miami University, Ohio, June 2007. Tom Breckin is a PhD student at Leeds Trinity University, working on a thesis that explores Virginia Woolf’ s literary connections with the Victorian era. The research focuses particularly on Woolf’ s relationship with Sir Leslie Stephen, as both her father and as a fellow writer. Tom was co-organizer of the 26th Annual Virginia Woolf conference on ‘ Virginia Woolf and Heritage’ at Leeds Trinity University 16-19 June 2016. Anne Reus is a PhD student at Leeds Trinity University. Her thesis examines Virginia Woolf’ s representations of nineteenth-century women writers, focusing on the ways in which Victorian biographical narratives mediate Woolf’ s responses to them, and the impact this has on her conception of female professional authorship.