Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader

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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader

Clemson University Press


June 1st, 2014



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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader presents twenty-eight essays and four poetic invocations delivered at the 23rd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, hosted by Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. The theme of the conference, the concept of "common(wealth)," addresses geographical, political, and imaginary spaces in which different readers and readings vie for primacy of place. The essays in this collection, including keynote addresses by Rosemary Ashton, Paul Delany, Christine Froula, Mary Ann Gillies, Sonita Sarker, and Jane Stafford, reflect upon "common(wealth)" as a constructed entity, one that necessarily embodies tensions between the communal and individual, traditional culture and emergent forms, indigenous people and colonial powers, and literary insiders and outsiders.

List of contributors: Jordan Abel, Rosemary Ashton, Claire Battershill, Wayne Chapman, Lisa L. Coleman, Kristin Czarnecki, Beth Rigel Daugherty, Jane de Gay, Paul Delany, Erica Delsandro, Jeanne Dubino, Elizabeth F. Evans, Christine Froula, Diane F. Gillespie, Mary Ann Gillies, Leslie Kathleen Hankins, Elsa Högberg, Catherine W. Hollis, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Karen L. Levenback, Paula Maggio, Patrizia A. Muscogiuri, Ira Nadel, Vara Neverow, Cecily Nicholson, Lolly Ockerstrom, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Sonita Sarker, Kathryn Simpson, Melinda Smith, Helen Southworth, Jane Stafford, Alice Staveley, Elizabeth Willson Gordon, Nicola Wilson, Martin Winquist, and Helen Wussow.

Author Information

Helen Wussow is the Dean of Lifelong Learning and Associate Professor of English at Simon Fraser University. Professor Mary Ann Gillies teaches in late nineteenth and early twentieth century British literature and Anglo-American modernism at Simon Fraser University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Table of Contents5
List of Abbreviations14
Networks of Affiliation: Foundations and Friends21
Education and Empire in Victorian Bloomsbury22
Synthesizing Civilizations: Leonard Woolf, the League of Nations, and the Inverse of Imperialism, 1928–193332
James Stephen’s Anti-Slavery Politics: A Woolfian Inheritance41
Networks of Empire: Virginia Woolf and the Travel Writing of Emily Eden47
Of Scrapbooks, War, and Newspapers: Leslie Stephen’s Legacy53
Leslie Stephen’s Science of (Ecological) Ethics59
“The Death of a Beautiful Man’’: Rupert Brooke in Memory and Imagination64
Leonard Woolf and the Ceylon Civil Service: ‘‘I had come to dislike imperialism’’73
Virginia Woolf in the British Commonwealth79
Woolf and the Commonwealth91
“Simplicity and art shades reign supreme”: Costume, Collectibles, and Aspiration in Katherine Mansfield’s New Zealand92
Wealth in Common: Gifts, Desire, and Colonial Commodities in Woolf and Mansfield102
On a View from the Rims: Katherine Mansfield and Emily Carr108
London Calling: Una Marson in the Colonial London Scene121
Modernism Across the Commonwealth: Virginia Woolf's and Arundhati Roy's Critique of Empire129
From Bloomsbury to Fountain Lakes: An Australian Virginia Woolf135
1930s Onwards141
War, Peace, Internationalism: Bloomsbury Legacies142
“Caterpillars of the Commonwealth Unite”: Photography and Trauma in Three Guineas159
“Drawn from Our Island History”: Virginia Woolf, Nancy Mitford, and the Politics of Pageantry165
A “Bloodless and Pernicious Pest”: The Middlebrow’s “Common Man” in the Essays of Virginia Woolf173
Woolf ’s Troubled and Troubling Relationship to Race: The Long Reach of the White Arm of Imperialism179
Woolfian Seamarks: Commodified Women and the Racial Other on the Shores of Empire187
Documenting Fascism in Three Guineas and The Handmaid’s Tale: An Examination of Woolf ’s Textual Notes and Scrap Books and Atwood’s “Historical Notes”197
Proportion, Conversion, Transition: War Trauma and Sites of Healing in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony204
Woolf Beyond the Book211
Preserving Our History of Reading Woolf: The Common Wealth of Our Past and Future212
Adventures in Common: Investing with Woolfs and ‘‘Securitas’’219
Printing ‘‘Prelude’’: Virginia Woolf ’s Typsetting Apprenticeship and Katherine Mansfield on ‘‘Other People’s Presses’’226
The Hogarth Press, Digital Humanities, and Collaboration: Introducing the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP)237
Woolf Blogging, Blogging Woolf: Using the Web to Create a Common Wealth of Global Scholars-Readers246
Notes on Contributors252
Conference Program257