Virginia Woolf and Heritage

Edited by Jane deGay, Tom Breckin, and Anne Reus

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ISBN: 9781942954422

Publication: June 8, 2017

Series: Clemson University Press: Woolf Selected Papers

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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.

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.

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.

Jane de Gay, Anne Reus, and Tom Breckin – Introduction
List of Abbreviations

Heritage: A Debate
Jane Goldman – “Her—it—age!”: Virginia Woolf and Syllabic intervention— Or, “Heritage is a Kim Novak word”

Heritage, Education, and Mentoring
David Bradshaw – “The Very Centre of the Very Centre”: H. A. L. Fisher, Oxford, and “That Great Patriarchal Machine”
Beth Rigel Daugherty – Virginia Stephen’s Uneasy Heritage: Lessons, Readers, and Class
Kaylee Baucom – Teaching Virginia Woolf in Sin City: Vegas Entertainers and a New Feminist Heritage
Jean Mills – Out-takes from Upstarts: Virginia Woolf, Jane Ellen Harrison, and the Heritage of Dissent, or, “There She Wasn’t?”
Marion Dell – Virginia Woolf ’s Female Heritage: The Legacy of Anny Thackeray Ritchie, Woolf ’s “Transparent Medium”

Heritage Spaces
Maggie Humm – Virginia Woolf and the Artistic Heritage of St. Ives
Ann Martin – “The little bit of power I had myself ”: Lady Lasswade’s Shifting Sense of Place in The Years
Marlowe A. Miller – Through the Arch: The Country House and the Tradition of English Tyranny in Woolf ’s Between the Acts
Leslie Kathleen Hankins – Heritage Hoarding: Artifacts, Archives, and Ambiguity, or, the Saga of Virginia Woolf ’s Standing Desk
Hana Leaper – “Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!”: Vanessa Bell’s Death of the Moth Dust Jacket as Monument to Virginia Woolf

Literary and Cultural Heritages
Jeanette McVicker – Virginia Woolf in Greece: “Curious contrasts!”: Hellenism and Englishness
Elizabeth Gourd – Whose Idea of Tragedy? Mrs Dalloway and the Ancient Greek Tradition
Elizabeth Anderson – Silence, Darkness, and Dirt: Mysticism and Materiality in The Years and Between the Acts
Davi Pinho – Virginia Woolf Reads the Romantics
Danielle Gilman – A Critical Heritage: Virginia Woolf, Leslie Stephen, and Walter Scott
Lois Gilmore – “Where Childhood’s dreams are twined”: Virginia Woolf and the Literary Heritage of Lewis Carroll

Queer Pasts
Gaura Narayan – Sex and Literary History in Orlando
Matthew Clarke – Queer Elizabeth: Early/Modern Feeling in Orlando and Elizabeth and Essex
Kathryn Simpson – Persuading Rachel: Woolf and Austen’s “little voyage of discovery”
Mary Wilson – “The world…seen from this angle undoubtedly looks queer”: History, Heritage, and the Queer Domesticity of Between the Acts

Modernism and Heritage
Savannah Pignatelli – Resetting the Type: An Exploration of the Historical Sense in Mrs. Dalloway
Jeanne Dubino – Kenya Colony and the Kenya Novel: The East African Heritage of “A Very Fine Negress” in A Room of One’s Own
Vara Neverow – Leonard Woolf ’s Fear and Politics: A Debate at the Zoo: Satirical Heritage as Apocalyptic Prophecy
Diane F. Gillespie – Virginia Woolf and the War on Books: Cultural Heritage and Dis-Heritage in the 1930s
Mary Anthony, Carly Carman, Malyn Maloney, Emma Slotterback – Gender Roles and the War Machine: An Undergraduate Roundtable on Virginia Woolf ’s Legacies

Writing Lives and Histories
Heidi Stalla – The Play of Fact and Fiction in Virginia Stephen’s “The Journal of Mistress Joan Martyn”
Ella Ophir – “Writing the history of my own times”: Virginia Woolf and the Diary
Kristin Czarnecki – Heritage, Legacy, and the Life-Writing of Woolf and Rhys
Laura Cernat – Life as Legacy: Truth, Fiction, and Fidelity of Representation in Biographical Novels Featuring Virginia Woolf
Anne-Laure Rigeade – From the Author to the Icon: A Heritage of Virginia Woolf in French Biographies and Biofictions
Lucy Smith – Flights of Archival Imagination: Woolf ’s Transcendent Materiality in Contemporary “Archive Fiction”

Woolf’s Legacies
Adriana Varga – “A shadow crossed the tail of his eye”: The Reception of Virginia Woolf in Romania: Heritage Transformed
Paulina Pająk – Woolf ’s Imaginarium: Exploring Virginia Woolf ’s Legacy to Contemporary Polish Culture
Eva Mendez – An Office of Her Own? Alice Munro and the Legacy of Writing with In-Authority
Catherine W. Hollis – Thinking Back through Virginia Woolf: Woolf as Portal in Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Small Backs of Children
Gill Lowe – The Malicious Gene: An Evolutionary Games Strategy? Woolf ’s Hawkish Inheritance

Laura Marcus – “Some ancestral dread”: Woolf, Autobiography, and the Question of “Shame”

Notes on Contributors

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

256 Pages

ISBN: 9781942954422

Publication: June 8, 2017

Series: Clemson University Press: Woolf Selected Papers

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