Virginia Woolf: Writing the World

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Virginia Woolf: Writing the World

Clemson University Press


June 12th, 2015

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Woolf Writing the World addresses such themes as the creation of worlds through literary writing, Woolf’s reception as a world writer, world wars and the centenary of the First World War, and natural worlds in Woolf’s writings. The selected papers represent the major themes of the conference as well as a diverse range of contributors from around the world and from different positions in and outside the university. The contents include familiar voices from past conferences--e.g., Judith Allen, Eleanor McNees, Elisa Kay Sparks--and well-known scholars who have contributed less frequently, if at all, to past Selected Papers--e.g., Susan Stanford Friedman, Steven Putzel, Michael Tratner--as well as new voices of younger scholars, students, and independent scholars. The volume is divided into four themed sections. The first and longest section, War and Peace, is framed by Mark Hussey’s keynote roundtable, “War and Violence,” and Maud Ellmann’s keynote address, “Death in the Air: Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Townsend Warner in World War II.” The second section, World Writer(s), includes papers that read the Woolfs in a global context. The papers in Animal and Natural Worlds bring recent developments in ecocriticism and post-humanist studies to analysis of Woolf’s writing of human and nonhuman worlds. Finally, Writing and Worldmaking addresses various aspects of genre, style, and composition. Madelyn Detloff’s closing essay, “The Precarity of ‘Civilization’ in Woolf’s Creative Worldmaking,” brings us back to international and cultural conflicts in our own day, reminding us, as Detloff says, why Woolf still matters today.

Pamela L. Caughie (Loyola University Chicago) Diana L. Swanson (Northern Illinois University) Mark Hussey (Pace University) Sara Cole (Columbia University J. Ashley Foster (Graduate Center of the City University of New York) Christine Froula (Northwestern University), and Jean Mills (John Jay College) Maud Ellmann (University of Chicago) Tuzyline Allan (Baruch College, City University of New York) Judith Allen (University of Pennsylvania) Erica Gene Delsandro (Bucknell University) Paula Maggio (Kent State University) Christine Michelle Haskill (Western Michigan University) Ann Martin (University of Sasketchewan) Eleanor McNees (University of Denver) Charles Andrews (Whitworth University) David Deutsch (University of Alabama) David Fine (Lehigh University) Erin Amann Holliday-Karre (Qatar University) Matthew Beeber (University of Colorado—Boulder) Shao-Hua Wang (University of Oxford) Alan Chih-chien Hsieh (National Taiwan University) Susan Stanford Friedman (University of Wisconsin—Madison) Steven Putzel (Penn State University–Wilkes-Barre) Elizabeth Hanson (Independent Scholar) Vicki Tromanhauser (State University of New York—New Paltz) Elsa Högberg (Uppsala University) Michael Tratner (Bryn Mawr College) Joyce E. Kelley (Auburn University at Montgomery) Kim Sigouin (Carleton University) Elisa Kay Sparks (Clemson University) Gill Lowe (University Campus Suffolk) Anne Cunningham (State University of New York—Stony Brook) Maayan P. Dauber (Princeton University) Amy Huseby (University of Wisconsin—Madison) Kelle Mullineaux (Northern Illinois University) Madelyn Detloff (Miami University, Ohio)

Author Information

Pamela L. Caughie is Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago. Diana L. Swanson is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English at Northern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Table of Contents6
War and Peace20
Roundtable: Woolf and Violence21
Intersections: Surveillance, Propaganda, and Just War42
Modernism and Memorials: Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood49
Taking Up Her Pen for World Peace: Virginia Woolf, Feminist Pacifist. Or Not?56
The Sex War and the Great War: Woolf ’s Late Victorian Inheritance in Three Guineas62
Sky Haunting: The British Motor-Car Industry and the World Wars68
The 1914 “Expurgated Chunk”: The Great War in and out of The Years74
“beauty, simplicity and peace”: Faithful Pacifism, Activist Writing, and The Years82
Virginia Woolf, Katharine Burdekin, and Britain’s Cosmopolitan Musical Culture88
Death in the Air: Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Townsend Warner in World War II95
World Writer(s)110
Teaching Privileges: Three Guineas and the Cost of Global Citizenship111
From Guineas to Riyals: Teaching Woolf in the Middle East118
Fashionable Misconceptions: The Creation of the East in Virginia Woolf's Orlando123
From London to Taipei: Writing the Past in “Wandering in the Garden, Waking from a Dream” and Mrs. Dalloway129
An Estranged Intimacy with the World: The Postcolonial Woolf ’s Planetary Love in The Voyage Out135
“Shakespeare’s Sister”: Woolf in the World Before A Room of One’s Own141
Leonard Woolf: Writing the World of Palestine, Zionism, and the State of Israel147
Animal and Natural Worlds154
“And the donkey brays”: Donkeys at Work in Virginia Woolf155
Companion Creatures: “Dogmanity” in Three Guineas160
Virginia Woolf ’s Object-Oriented Ecology167
The Bodies In/Are The Waves173
Stretching our “Antennae”: Converging Worlds of the Seen and the Unseen in “Kew Gardens”179
“The Problem of Space”: Embodied Language and the Body in Nature in To the Lighthouse186
“Whose Woods These Are”: Virginia Woolf and the Primeval Forests of the Mind192
Writing and Worldmaking198
Negative Feminism and Anti-Development in Virginia Woolf ’s The Voyage Out199
Upheavals of Intimacy in To the Lighthouse204
The Reconciliations of Poetry in Virginia Woolf ’s Between the Acts; or, Why It’s “perfectly ridiculous to call it a novel”210
Virginia Woolf, Composition Theorist: How Imagined Audiences Can Wreck a Writer216
The Precarity of “Civilization” in Woolf’s Creative Worldmaking223
Notes on Contributors230
Conference Program235