Just over hundred years ago, in 1917, Leonard and Virginia Woolf began a publishing house from their dining-room table. This volume marks the centenary of that auspicious beginning.
This book brings together an international team of world-class scholars to explore how Woolf engaged with heritage, how she understood and represented it, and how she has been represented by the heritage industry.
Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries places Virginia Woolf's writing in context with that of other women writers during the first decades of the twentieth century. The book increases our understanding of many female writers, helping us to comprehend how they contributed to, and complicated, modernist literature.
Virginia 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 natural worlds in Woolf's writings. The collection represents the theme of internationalism in Woolf's work, but its global appeal is likewise reflected in the diverse range of contributors from around the world.
Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader presents twenty-eight essays and four poetic invocations on the concept of "common(wealth)," addressing geographical, political, and imaginary spaces in which different readers and readings vie for primacy of place.
Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf comprises thirty-five essays linking inter- and multidisciplinary scholarship to the intellectual and creative projects of Woolf and her modernist peers.
Contradictory Woolf collects 37 essays on the theme of contradiction in Woolf's writing, widely explored in relation to auto/biography, art, philosophy, cognitive science, sexuality, animality, class, mathematics, translation, annotation, poetry, and war.
Virginia Woolf and the Natural World 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.
Woolf and the City collects twenty-five essays organized around six presiding themes: Navigating London; Spatial Perceptions and the Cityscape; Regarding Others; The Literary Public Sphere; Border Crossings and Liminal Landscapes; and Teaching Woolf, Woolf Teaching. It also includes a special forum on Woolf's legacy in and out of the academy. Beyond the volume's focus on urban issues, many of the essays address the ethical and political implications of Woolf's work, a move that suggests new insights into Woolf as a "real world" social critic.
The Eleventh Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf was the first to be held outside the United States. This voyage across the Atlantic was the stimulus for an exploration of themes of voyaging in Woolf's works, from her interests in travel and cross-cultural encounters to her imaginative voyages between texts and genres...and the subsequent voyages her texts have made into the work of others.
Woolf Editing / Editing Woolf focuses on Woolf as editor both of her own work and of the Hogarth Press, and on editing Woolf—on the conflation of textual and theoretical criticism of Woolf's oeuvre. Since many contributors are editors, creative writers, and critics, contributions highlight the intersections of those three roles.
Virginia Woolf: Art, Education, and Internationalism focuses on the themes of art, education, and internationalism. This volume presents new research by an international team of scholars on topics as diverse as Woolf's response to war, Woolf and desire, Woolf's literary representation of Scotland, Woolf's connection to writers beyond the Anglophone tradition, and Woolf's reception in China, to note just a few.
Woolfian Boundaries explores Woolf's work from perspectives "beyond the boundary" of her own positions and attitudes, taking her coolness toward the provinces and "prejudice" against the regional novel (Letters 6: 381) as the starting point for considering her writing in the light of its own "limits," self-declared and otherwise. Chapter topics range from Woolf's connections with the "Birmingham School" of novelists in the 1930s to her interests in environmentalism, portraiture, photography, and the media, and her endlessly fascinating relationship with the writings of her contemporaries and predecessors.
The wide range of papers in Woolf and the Art of Exploration emphasize the adventurousness of Woolf's work. Nearly 30 essays reflect her enterprising nature, with titles such as Cheryl Mares's "The Making of Virginia Woolf's America" and Emily Wittman's "The Decline and Fall of Rachel Vinrace: Reading Gibbon in Virginia Woolf's The Voyage Out." The book explores such topics as Woolf's life; her relationship to nature and to scientific and environmental thinking; her attitudes towards London, America, and the Middle East; and the cultural origins and contexts of her outlook on art and empire.
Woolf in the Real World focuses on the ways Woolf engaged the "real world" of her time and the ways in which her legacy continues to engage "real world" issues today.