Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries

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

Edited by Julie Vandivere and Megan Hicks

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ISBN: 9781942954088

Publication: June 16, 2016

Series: Clemson University Press: Woolf Selected Papers

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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.

Julie Vandivere is Professor of English, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Megan Hicks, independent scholar.

Julie Vandivere and Megan Hicks - Introduction

Who Are Virginia Woolf’s Female Contemporaries?
Mary Jean Corbett - Considering Contemporaneity: Woolf and “the Maternal Generation”
Mary Wilson - Who Is My Contemporary?: Woolf, Mansfield, and Their Servants
Catherine W. Hollis - “The World is My Country”: Emma Goldman among the Avant-Garde
Kristin Bluemel - “Definite, Burly, and Industrious”: Virginia Woolf and Gwen Darwin Raverat
Jeffrey M. Brown - “A Verbal Life on the Lips of the Living”: Virginia Woolf, Ellen Terry, and the Victorian Contemporary
Elisa Kay Sparks - Twists of the Lily: Floral Ambivalence in the Work of Virginia Woolf and Georgia O’Keeffe

Virginia Woolf’s Cultural Contexts
Nicola Wilson - Virginia Woolf and the Book Society Limited
Alyssa Mackenzie - The Outsider as Editor: Three Guineas and the Feminist Periodical
Eleanor McNees - Woolf’s Imperialist Cousins: Missionary Vocations of Dorothea and Rosamond Stephen
Beth Rigel Daugherty - Mary Sheepshanks, Virginia Stephen, and Morley College: Learning to Teach, Learning to Write
Leslie Kathleen Hankins - Moving Picture This: Virginia Woolf in the British Good Housekeeping!? or Moving Picture This: Woolf’s London Essays and the Cinema
Sarah Cornish - “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

Virginia Woolf’s Contemporaries Abroad
Patrizia A. Muscogiuri - Reconfiguring the Mermaid: H.D., Virginia Woolf, and the Radical Ethics of Writing as Marine Practice
Jessica Kim - A Carnival of the Grotesque: Feminine Imperial Flânerie in Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting” and Una Marson’s“Little Brown Girl”
Kimberley Engdahl Coates - Mad Women: Dance, Female Sexuality, and Surveillance in the Work of Virginia Woolf and Emily Holmes Coleman
Lois Gilmore - Shop My Closet: Virginia Woolf, Marianne Moore, and Fashion Contemporaries
Maria Aparecida de Oliveira - Virginia Woolf and Victoria Ocampo: A Brazilian Perspective
Joyce E. Kelley - Making Waves in Lonely Parallel: Evelyn Scott and Virginia Woolf
Urvashi Vashist - Critical Characters in Search of an Author: Cornelia Sorabji and Virginia Woolf
Kristin Czarnecki - “In my mind I saw my mother”: Virginia Woolf, Zitkala-Ša, and Autobiography

Virginia Woolf’s Contemporaries at Home
Gill Lowe - “The Squeak of a Hinge”: Hinging and Swinging in Woolf and Mansfield
Kate Haffey - “People must marry”: Queer Temporality in Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield
Emily Rials - The Weight of “Formal Obstructions” and Punctuation in Mrs. Dalloway and Pointed Roofs
Diane F. Gillespie - Advise and Reject: Virginia Woolf, the Hogarth Press, and a Forgotten Woman’s Voice
Karen L. Levenback - Florence Melian Stawell and Virginia Woolf: Home-front Experience, The Price of Freedom, and Patriotism
Benjamin D. Hagen - Intimations of Cosmic Indifference in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Olive Moore’s Spleen
Mark Hussey - “Could I sue a dead person?”: Rebecca West and Virginia Woolf
Vara Neverow - Splintered Sexualities in Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and Sylvia Townsend Warner’s “A Love Match”
Barbara Lonnquist - Sexual Cryptographies and War in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts and Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day

Tribute to Jane Marcus
Linda Camarasana - Memorial Tribute for Jane Marcus
J. Ashley Foster - To Jane, Thank You. With Love,
Jean Mills - Tribute to Jane Marcus

Notes on Contributors
Conference Program

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

237 Pages

ISBN: 9781942954088

Publication: June 16, 2016

Series: Clemson University Press: Woolf Selected Papers

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