Virginia Woolf and the World of Books

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Virginia Woolf and the World of Books

Clemson University Press


September 27th, 2018

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Virginia Woolf and the World of Books will examine Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press as a key intervention in modernist and women’s writing and mark its importance to independent publishing, bookselling, and print culture at large. The research in this volume coincides with the centenary of the founding of Hogarth Press in 1917, thus making a timely addition to scholarship on the Woolfs and print culture.


'It is encouraging to see so many new approaches to study a writer who has already attracted entire shelves of critical commentary... Virginia Woolf and the World of Books will be valuable not only to Woolf specialists, but also to the growing number of modernist scholars who study publishing enterprises and material culture.'Lise Jaillant, Woolf Studies Annual

Author Information

Nicola Wilson is lecturer in book and publishing studies at the University of Reading. Her first book is 'Home in British Working-Class Fiction' (2015) and her current project is 'Books by Mail: The Story of the Book Society, 1929-69'. She has written various articles and chapters about the archives of the Hogarth Press and is a co-author of 'Scholarly Adventures in Digital Humanities: Making the Modernist Archives Publishing Project' (2017). Claire Battershill is a Government of Canada Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University, Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Impact Award Winner in the Talent Category for 2017. She is the author of 'Circus' (McClelland & Stewart, 2014); 'Modernist Lives: Biography and Autobiography at Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press' (Bloomsbury, 2018); co-author (with Helen Southworth, Alice Staveley, Michael Widner, Elizabeth Willson Gordon, and Nicola Wilson) of 'Scholarly Adventures in Digital Humanities' (Palgrave, 2017); and co-author (with Shawna Ross) of 'Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom' (Bloomsbury, 2017).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Table of Contents5
List of Abbreviations10
Getting a Hold on Haddock: Virginia Woolf's Inks12
In the Archives29
A Voice in the Archives: In search of Woolf's Lost Tape30
On Manuscripts: Virginia Woolf and Archives36
Echo's Voices: Virginia Woolf, Irena Krzywicka, and the Well of Loneliness41
"Wood is a pleasant thing to think about": William Blake and the Hand-Printed Books of the Hogarth Press50
Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press and "Short Things"60
"Scarcely a Brick to Be Seen": Breaking Boundaries in "Kew Gardens" and "The Mark on the Wall"66
Virginia Woolf’s Arts and Craftsmanship72
The Hogarth Press79
“obscure, indecent and brilliant”: Female sexuality, the Hogarth Press, and Hope Mirrlees80
After the Delugue, The Waves86
Alternative Histories: Hogarth Press’s World-Makers and World-Shakers Series 93
The Hogarth Press, a Singular Art Gallery103
Hours in a Library111
Hours in a Library: Virginia Woolf and Leslie Stephen112
Two Libraries: Reading A Room of One’s Own and Margaret Oliphant’s “The Library Window”119
Bibliographers, Booksellers, and Collectors of the Hogarth Press125
The Art of the Book131
Ekphrastic Writing, Illusive Illustration: Vanessa Bell’s Embroideries for Virginia Woolf’s “Kew Gardens”132
“The active and the contemplative”: Charles Mauron, Virginia Woolf, and Roger Fry138
Vanessa Bell’s “tiny book”: Woolf, Impressionism, Roger Fry, and Anti-Semitism145
The Art of Narrative151
Woolf as a Model Builder: Complex Form in the “Ode to Cutbush”152
“Books Were Not in Their Line”: The Material Book and the Deceptive Scene of Reading in To the Lighthouse159
Mrs. Brown and the Trojan Cow: Deconstructing Aristotle in “An Unwritten Novel” 165
Making New Books: Creative Approaches171
Queer Woolf: Queer Approaches and Creative-Critical Research 172
Following Virginia Woolf’s Call for a Press of One’s Own: Making Waves Press Launches Judith’s Room199
Thinking Is Our Fighting: How to Read and Write Like Woolf in the Age of Trump205
The Book in the World: Woolf's Global Reception211
The Woolf Behind the Iron Curtain: The Reception of Virginia Woolf’s Works in Romania, 1947–1989 212
Virginia Woolf: Translation, Reception and Impact in Brazil218
Zines, Polyvocality, and Sound: How Modernist First-Wave Feminism Inspired Riot Grrrl230
Virginia Woolf and South America: Border-reading236
Editing and Teaching Woolf243
Learning Through the (Digital) Archive: Notes on Undergraduate Research 244
Editing Woolf 251
Virginia Woolf’s Appreciation for Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: Book Making/Reading, Intimacy, Collectivity264
Reading Intercultural, Intergenerational and Intertextual Woolf: Virginia Woolf’s “The Lady in the Looking-Glass,” Oscar Wilde’s “The Sphinx without a Secret,” and Lady Murasaki’s Yugao270
To “write about Mrs Lindbergh”: Woolf, Flight, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s North to the Orient278
Lives in Writing285
Taste and the Tasteful: Woolf, Radclyffe Hall, and the Culture of Queer Elitism286
Defining Life in Essays and Reports: “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown” and the Government Reports on Infant Human Mortality293
“Penning and pinning”: Vita, Virginia, and Orlando299
Notes on Contributors 306