Virginia Woolf and the Natural World

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Virginia Woolf and the Natural World

Clemson University Press


June 1st, 2011



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Virginia Woolf and the Natural World is a compilation of thirty-one essays presented at the twentieth annual international conference on Virginia Woolf. This volume explores Woolf's complex engagement with the natural world, an engagement that was as political as it was aesthetic. The diversity of topics within this collection—ecofeminism, the nature of time, the nature of the self, nature and sporting, botany, climate, and landscape, just to name a few—fosters a deeper understanding of the nature of nature in Woolf's works. Contributors include Bonnie Kime Scott, Carrie Rohman, Diana Swanson, Elisa Kay Sparks, Beth Rigel Daugherty, Jane Goldman, and Diane Gillespie, among many others from the international community of Woolf scholars.

Author Information

Kristin Czarnecki is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown College. Carrie Rohman is Assistant Professor in English at Lafayette College.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Abbreviations13
Ecofeminism, Holism, and the Search for Natural Order in Woolf14
“We Make Life”: Vibration, Aesthetics, and the Inhuman in The Waves25
“The Real World”: Virginia Woolf and Ecofeminism37
Virginia and Leonard, as I Remember Them48
“Everything tended to set itself in a garden”: Virginia Woolf’s Literary and Quotidian Flowers: A Bar-Graphical Approach55
Taking Her Fences: The Equestrian Virginia Woolf74
The Metaphysics of Flowers in The Waves: Virginia Woolf’s “Seven-Sided Flower” and Henri Bergson’s Intuition84
Crowding Clarissa’s Garden91
The Flesh of Citizenship: Red Flowers Grew97
The Besieged Garden: Nature in Virginia Woolf ’s Mrs. Dalloway and Willa Cather’s One of Ours103
Virginia Woolf: Natural Olympian: Swimming and Diving as Metaphors for Writing108
“This, I fancy, must be the sea”: Thalassic Aesthetics in Virginia Woolf ’s Writing114
Wild Swimming121
The Woolf, the Horse, and the Fox: Recurrent Motifs in Jacob’s Room and Orlando129
The Dogs that Therefore Woolf Follows: Some Canine Sources for A Room of One’s Own in Nature and Art138
“The Bird is the Word”: Virginia Woolf and W.H. Hudson, Visionary Ornithologist146
Evolution, History, and Flush; or, The Origin of Spaniels156
“Lappin and Lapinova”: A Woolf in Hare’s Clothing?164
“A Certain Hold on Haddock and Sausage”: Dining Well in Virginia Woolf ’s Life and Work170
Moments of Aging: Revising Mother Nature in Virginia Woolf ’s Mrs. Dalloway176
Homeless in Nature: Solitary Trampings and Shared Errantry in Cornwall, 1905182
“Walking over the bridge in a willow pattern plate”: Virginia Woolf and the Exotic Landscapes187
Mining with the Head: Virginia Woolf, Henry David Thoreau, and Exploring the Self Through Nature193
Virginia Woolf as Mountaineer197
“It was an uncertain spring”: Reading Weather in The Years204
Transforming Nature: Orlando as Elegy209
“Nature, who has played so many queer tricks upon us”: Digging Granite and Chasing Rainbows with Virginia Woolf215
Sundered Waters: Isolated Consciousness and Ostensible Communion in Woolf ’s Narration221
“To give the moment whole”: The Nature of Time and Cosmic (Comm)unity in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves227
Spengler’s The Decline of the West and Intellectual Quackery: Checking the Climate with Leonard Woolf and W.B Yeats234
Listening-in, Tuning Out: Leonard Woolf’s Criticism of the BBC During the 1930s241
Notes on Contributors249
Conference Program253