Woolf and the City

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Woolf and the City

Clemson University Press


September 1st, 2010

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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.


Author Information

Elizabeth F. Evans is Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame. Dr Sarah E. Cornish is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Northern Colorado.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Abbreviations15
Pausing, Waiting, Repeating: Urban Temporality in Mrs. Dalloway and The Years17
The Years, Street Music, and Acoustic Space (abstract of plenary address) 32
"You then": Three Guineas, the Spanish Civil War, and the Challenge of Total War (abstract of plenary address)33
Navigating London34
Imagining Flânerie Beyond Anthropocentrism: Virginia Woolf, the London Archipelago, and City Tortoises 35
Public Transport in Woolf ’s City Novels: The London Omnibus46
Virginia Woolf Underground 55
"Street Haunting," Commodity Culture, and the Woman Artist62
A City in the Archives: Virginia Woolf and the Statues of London 70
Spatial Perceptions and the Cityscape78
Queering London: Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Perception 79
Reconfigured Terrain: Aural Architecture in Jacob’s Room and The Years86
"Dark pours over the outlines of houses and towers": Virginia Woolf's Prismatic Poetics of Space92
Regarding Others102
Woolf and the Falling Man 103
"How Strange": Affective and Evaluative Uncertainty in Mrs. Dalloway110
Cosmopolitanism From Below in Mrs. Dalloway and "Street Haunting"119
The Literary Public Sphere126
The Bestseller and the City: Flush, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, and Cultural Hierarchies127
To "make that country our own country": The Years, Novelistic Historiography, and the 1930s135
Between Public and Private Acts: Woolf's Anti-Fascist Strategies145
Metropolis Unbound: Virginia Woolf's Heterotopian Utopian Impulse151
New World Archives: Scattered Seeds of a New Scholarship 158
Border Crossings and Liminal Landscapes168
Contrasting Urban and Rural Transgressive Sexualities in Jacob’s Room 169
"No Room for More": Woolf's Journey from London to Scotland, 1938176
"[D]irectly a box was unpacked the rooms became very different": Hotel Life and The Voyage Out182
An Archive in the City: "True Pictures" and Animated News Films of Suffragettes in the Holographs of Virginia Woolf's "The Movies" in the Berg Collection188
"When dogs will become men": Melancholia, Canine Allegories, and Theriocephalous Figures in Woolf's Urban Contact Zones195
Teaching Woolf, Woolf Teaching204
The Streets of London: Virginia Woolf's Development of a Pedagogical Style205
"Find Our Own Way for Ourselves": Orlando as an Uncommon Reader in the Critical Theory Classroom210
Recreating Woolf's Public and Private Spaces in Architectural Design Education219
Recreating Woolf's Public and Private Spaces in Architectural Design Education227
Inspired by Woolf: A Conversation232
Forward: The Legacy of Virginia Woolf233
Inspired by Woolf: A Conversation 235
Notes on Contributors248
Conference Program253