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.
Contributors: Jordan Abel is a First Nations writer whose work has been published in over twenty-five magazines and journals, including Canadian Literature, Grain, and Dandelion. In early 2013, Above/Ground Press published his chapbook Scientia. Talonbooks published his first book, The Place of Scraps, in 2013. Rosemary Ashton, OBE, FRSL, FRSA, FBA, is emeritus Quain professor of English language and literature at University College, London. She is the author of critical biographies of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Eliot, G.H. Lewes, and Thomas and Jane Carlyle, and of two books on Anglo-German intellectual and cultural relations in the 19th century. Her most recent books are an account of the interconnected careers of radical writers in the circle of the publisher John Chapman, and Victorian Bloomsbury (2012), a study of 19th-century reforming individuals and institutions in the fields of education, medicine, art, religion, and culture in the Bloomsbury area. Claire Battershill is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English at the University of Reading. Her postdoc project, which draws on materials from the Archive of Publishing and Printing at the University of Reading, is on publishing biography in the early 20th century. She is also a fiction writer and her first book of short stories, Circus, is forthcoming with McClelland & Stewart (an imprint of Random House Canada) in March 2014. Stories from the collection have won the CBC Literary Award and the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award and shortlisted for the PEN International/New Voices Award. Wayne Chapman is professor of English at Clemson University, editor of The South Carolina Review, and executive editor of Clemson University Press. His most recent book is Yeats’s Poetry in the Making: “Sing Whatever Is Well Made” (2010). He has written two other books on Yeats and edited three more. With Janet M. Manson, he is the co-author of An Annotated Guide to the Writings and Papers of Leonard Woolf (2006) and co-editor of Women in the Milieu of Leonard and Virginia Woolf: Peace, Politics, and Education (1998). Lisa L. Coleman is professor of English at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where she teaches writing, rhetoric, and critical theory and directs the honors program. In addition to her work as a Woolf scholar, she has co-edited a monograph for the National Collegiate Honors Council, titled Setting the Table for Diversity (2010). She is currently co-editing a second NCHC monograph, titled Occupy Honors Education. Kristin Czarnecki teaches at Georgetown College, where her courses include composition, modern British literature, and multiethnic American literature. She has published articles on Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Jean Rhys, and Louise Erdrich, and has a recent publication, “Virginia Woolf, Authorship, and Legacy: Unravelling Nurse Lugton’s Curtain,” in Cecil Woolf ’s Bloomsbury Heritage monograph series. Currently she is working on comparative studies of Woolf and Native American women writers. Beth Rigel Daugherty has been living with Virginia Woolf since she read To the Lighthouse at Rice University in the fall of 1976 and has been teaching at Otterbein University since the fall of 1984. She teaches courses in English, integrative studies, and senior year experience, and has added Appalachian and Native American literature to teaching interests that include 20th-century British literature, writing about work, and reading. She is co-editor, with Mary Beth Pringle, of Approaches to Teaching Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, has published numerous essays in various collections, most recently an essay on Virginia Stephen’s reviewing practice in Virginia Woolf and the Literary Marketplace, and is working on a book called Virginia Woolf’s Apprenticeship: The Education of a Woman Writer. Jane de Gay is reader in English literature at Leeds Trinity University. She is the author of Virginia Woolf’s Novels and the Literary Past (2006), the first book to explore Woolf’s preoccupation with the literary past and its profound impact on the content and structure of her novels. Jane has published widely on Woolf and regularly gives academic papers and public talks, most notably the Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture for 2009. At Leeds Trinity, she is also director of the MA in Victorian Studies, one of the longest running masters programs in its subject area. Paul Delany is professor emeritus of English at Simon Fraser University. His books include D.H. Lawrence`s Nightmare (1979), The Neo-Pagans (1987), Literature, Money and the Market (2002), Bill Brandt (2004), and George Gissing (2008). Fatal Glamour, a biography of Rupert Brooke, is scheduled for publication in April 2015 by Yale University Press. Erica Delsandro received her PhD in literature from Washington University in St. Louis in April of 2011. Since then she has taught at Bucknell University, where she is currently a visiting assistant professor, and Bloomsburg University, both in central Pennsylvania. Her research seeks to constellate 1930s writing with modernism, war writing, and the “historiographic turn” prevalent in the literature of the decade. Her research and teaching interests include late 19th- and 20th-century British literature and national history, interwar culture, gender and national identity, the history of sexuality, and women writers. Jeanne Dubino is a professor of English and global studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She has taught in Turkey and Kenya, and served as the vice-president of the International Society for Travel Writing and the president of its MLA Discussion Group. She is serving her second term as the secretary/treasurer for the International Virginia Woolf Society. She has co-edited Virginia Woolf and the Essay (1997), and edited Virginia Woolf and the Literary Marketplace (2010); and is co-editing Virginia Woolf: Twenty-first Century Approaches (2014) and The Modern Animal in Culture (2014), to which she is also contributing essays. Elizabeth F. Evans teaches about literature and culture of the long 20th century at the University of Notre Dame. Her work at the intersection of modernist studies, gender studies, and cultural geography has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies and Literature Compass and as chapters in edited collections on George Gissing, Amy Levy, and Virginia Woolf. She co-edited, with Sarah Cornish, Woolf and the City: The Selected Papers of the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (2010). Christine Froula is professor of English, comparative literature studies and gender studies at Northwestern University. Her books include Modernism’s Body: Sex, Culture, and Joyce (1996), and Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde: War, Civilization, Modernity (2005). She has held fellowships from, among others, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Association of University Women. She is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University and was president of the International Virginia Woolf Society from 1997-2000. Diane F. Gillespie, professor emeritus of English at Washington State University, is author of The Sisters’ Arts and numerous essays, including most recently chapters for Maggie Humm’s Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts and Helen Southworth’s The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism. She edited Woolf’s Roger Fry and The Multiple Muses of Virginia Woolf and co-edited Julia Stephen’s writings, Virginia Woolf and the Arts (selected papers), and Cicely Hamilton’s Diana of Dobson’s. Mary Ann Gillies is a professor in the English department at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada where she teaches and publishes on late 19th- and early 20th-century British literature and Anglo-American modernism. She is the author of Henri Bergson and British Modernism (1995); The Professional Literary Agent in Britain: 1880-1920 (2007); co-author, with Aurelea Mahood, of Modernist Literature: An Introduction (2007); and co-editor, with Helen Sword and Steven Yao, of Pacific Rim Modernisms (2009). She is currently at work on a book about Emily Carr and Katherine Mansfield and is beginning a project on trauma theory and detective fiction. Leslie Kathleen Hankins is professor in the department of English and creative writing at Cornell College and president of the International Virginia Woolf Society. She has published extensively on Woolf and the cinema, and is currently immersed in projects involving Woolf and the book arts. Elsa Högberg received her PhD in English literature from Uppsala University. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Uppsala University and the University of Glasgow. Her postdoctoral research project focuses on literary modernism and the politics of interiority. This project examines works by, amongst others, Djuna Barnes, James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf, and illuminates the relevance of recent developments in contemporary theory as a framework for understanding the convergence of interiority, aesthetics, and politics in modernist writing. Catherine W. Hollis teaches in University of California, Berkeley’s fall program for freshmen, and is also a research and editorial associate at The Emma Goldman Papers. She is the author of Leslie Stephen as Mountaineer (2010) and is at work on a full-length psychobiography of Stephen, “Downhill All the Way: Climbing in Leslie Stephen’s Footprints.” Fiona Tinwei Lam is the author of two books of poetry, Intimate Distances and Enter the Chrysanthemum. Her poetry and prose have been included in over twenty anthologies. She is a co-editor of and contributor to the non-fiction anthology, Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood (2008), as well as the editor of The Bright Well, a collection of contemporary Canadian poems about facing cancer (2011). Karen L. Levenback is the former president and (before that) secretary-treasurer of the International Virginia Woolf Society. She taught at George Washington University for more than fifteen years and is book review editor of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany and archival liaison for the IVWS archive, which is housed at the University of Toronto. She is also archivist/librarian at the Franciscan Monastery, Washington, DC. Paula Maggio is an instructor in the Women’s Studies Program at Kent State University. She is the creator and editor of Blogging Woolf, a comprehensive website covering Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. She has published Reading the Skies in Virginia Woolf: Woolf on Weather in Her Essays, Her Diaries, and Three of Her Novels (2009) and The Best of Blogging Woolf, Five Years On (2012). She edited Virginia Woolf’s Likes and Dislikes (2012), and her work has appeared in Woolf and the City: Selected Papers of the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (2010). Patrizia A. Muscogiuri received her PhD in literary and cultural studies — with a thesis on radical inscriptions of sea metaphors including a chapter on Virginia Woolf — from the University of Salford, UK, where she teaches translation studies, while carrying out her research as an independent scholar. She has published essays on film, literature and cultural studies. Ira Nadel is the author of biographies of Leonard Cohen, Tom Stoppard, David Mamet, and Leon Uris. He has also edited collections on Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and George Orwell. In 2013 his critical study Modernism’s Second Act appeared and forthcoming is a critical biography of Philip Roth. He is professor of English at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and most recently lectured in Korea, Japan and China. Vara Neverow is a professor of English and women’s studies at Southern Connecticut State University. She wrote the introduction and annotations for Virginia Woolf ’s Jacob’s Room (2008), serves as the managing editor of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany (2003-present), was president of the International Virginia Woolf Society (2000-2005), and organized the second annual conference on Virginia Woolf (1992). Her recent scholarship focuses on Woolf’s exploration of sexualities. Cecily Nicholson is a poet living on Qayqayt territory and the administrator of Gallery Gachet. Current collaborations include the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada and The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. She is the author of Triage (2011) and a contributor to Anamnesia: Unforgetting (2012). Lolly Ockerstrom is an associate professor of English at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. Her academic interests are in Woolf studies and nonfiction prose. She serves as Managing Editor of Insight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, and enjoys hiking with students in the English Lake District. Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle. Work from thecanadaproject appears in literary journals, newspapers, and anthologies, including The Vancouver Review, Geist, SubTerrain and Arc Poetry Magazine. The first completed series from thecanadaproject, a book-length sequence of elegies, children of air india, was published by Nightwood Editions in 2014. Sonita Sarker is professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies/English at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. Her most recent publication is on Woolf and postcolonialism and is included in Woolf in Context (2012). Other writings address the larger contexts of post/modernism and post/colonialism and are published in journals such as Literature in Context and Modernism/Modernity. She is currently working on a critical edition of Cornelia Sarbji’s India Recalled (1934), a monograph on interdisciplinarity in academia, and another monograph tentatively titled “Natives Making Modernities” that features Virginia Woolf. Kathryn Simpson is senior lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. Her main research interests are in modernist writing, particularly the work of Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield. Other research interests include the work of contemporary writers, Sarah Waters and David Mitchell. She is author of Gifts, Markets and Economies of Desire in Virginia Woolf (2008). Melinda Smith was born and raised in Smithton, Tasmania, Australia. She migrated to the United States and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon in 2010. She received her Master of Arts from The University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 2012, and is currently working on her PhD at the same institution. Her areas of focus include cultural studies, indigenous literature, and Pacific literature. Helen Southworth is associate professor of literature at the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. Her work spans a variety of topics including modernism, print culture, magazines, Virginia Woolf, and biography. She recently edited Leonard and Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism (2010). She is also author of The Intersecting Realities and Fictions of Virginia Woolf and Colette (2004) and numerous articles and book chapters, and editor of Woolf and the Art of Exploration (2006). Jane Stafford teaches in the English program of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is the co-author of Maoriland: New Zealand Literature, 1872-1914 (2006), the co-editor of The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature (2012) and co-editor of volume 9 of The Oxford History of the Novel in English: the World Novel to 1950 (forthcoming). Alice Staveley is lecturer in English and director of honors at Stanford University. Her book project, “Modernism in the Making: Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press” is presently under revision. She has published book and journal articles on Woolf’s European reception, her short fictional feminist narratology, the Three Guineas photographs, and the lost history of Woolf’s press manager, Norah Nicholls. Elizabeth Willson Gordon is assistant professor of English at King’s University College. She is currently the principle investigator for the SSHRC Insight Development Grant and is at work on the monograph “Publishing, Branding, and Selling an Icon: The Cultural Impact of the Hogarth Press 1917-2017” based on her SSHRC postdoctoral research. She is author of Woolf’s-Head Publishing: The Highlights and New Lights of the Hogarth Press (2009). Her bibliographic experience includes a Modern Language Association International Bibliography Fellowship as well as publications and exhibits based on the Hogarth Press and Black Sparrow Press archives. Nicola Wilson is a British Academy postdoctoral fellow at the University of Reading. She specializes in 20th-century publishing history, theories of the archive and histories of reading. Her research on the Hogarth Press and book distribution has been published in English Literary History, The Oxford History of the Novel in English, volume 4 and New Directions in the History of the Novel. She is currently working on a British Academy-funded postdoctoral project on the British Book Society (1929-60), which draws on the Archives of British Publishing and Printing at Reading. Martin Winquist is a PhD candidate in the department of English at the University of Saskatchewan. His work focuses on the cultural hierarchies in the early 20th-century literary marketplace, the influence these cultural hierarchies had on both the reading public and public intellectuals, and situating Virginia Woolf within the battle of the brows. Helen Wussow is dean of Lifelong Learning and an associate professor of English at Simon Fraser University. Her books include The Nightmare of History: The Fictions of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence and an edition of the manuscript of Mrs. Dalloway, called The Hours.