Virginia Woolf Turning the Centuries: Selected Papers from the 9th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf

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At the end of the twentieth century, the questions raised and issues explored in Woolf studies prove to be sufficient themes of inquiry for a new century. Can there exist common ground between queer theorists and lesbian-feminists, or are their causes not connected and must they go their separate ways? Virginia Woolf belongs simultaneously to her time and to ours: What allusions would her contemporaries have taken for granted that must now be recovered through meticulous scholarship? What codes whose meanings are...
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Overview

At the end of the twentieth century, the questions raised and issues explored in Woolf studies prove to be sufficient themes of inquiry for a new century. Can there exist common ground between queer theorists and lesbian-feminists, or are their causes not connected and must they go their separate ways? Virginia Woolf belongs simultaneously to her time and to ours: What allusions would her contemporaries have taken for granted that must now be recovered through meticulous scholarship? What codes whose meanings are apparent to readers now would have been available to very few in her own time? What was popular film culture like and what connections might we find between Woolf's art and British film of the 1920s? How can Woolf help us think through the dangers of nationalism? What does Three Guineas contribute to a discussion of corporate globalism? And how does it illuminate what has happened for women in the academy and in the professions in the sixty years since it was published?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780944473511
  • Publisher: Pace University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 0.82 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix
Introduction
Virginia Woolf: Turning the Centuries 1
Scanning the Centuries
"On Not Knowing Greek": Virginia Woolf and the New Ancient Greece 6
Virginia Woolf, Renaissance Woman 11
Thinking Back through Her Fathers: Virginia Woolf and Edward Gibbon 16
Those Well-Lit Corridors of History 24
Virginia Woolf in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 34
From Orlando Ever After: A Dramatic Speculation 40
Remote Inscriptions
"She Was No Scholar": Placing Mrs. Browning 56
"Parcival in the Forest of Gender": Wagner, Homosexuality, and The Waves 62
The Problem of National Culture: Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts and Elizabeth Bowen's The Last September 69
Feminist Conversation: Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, and the Dialogies of Criticism 78
Remote Inscriptions: To the Lighthouse and The Waves in Julieta Campos' Caribbean 86
New Applications of Queer Theory
Hocus Crocus 93
The Place of Cross-Sex Friendship in Woolf Studies 102
Response 111
Trauma and Wellness
Metaphors of Illness and Wellness: John Donne, Virginia Woolf, and Susan Sontag 127
Semicolons and Safety Pins 134
Woolf's Ancient Song: Traces of the Dead Echoing into the Future 140
Virginia Woolf and Post-Traumatic Subjectivity 147
Accident, Incident, and Meaning: Traces of Trauma in Virginia Woolf's Narrativity 153
Narration, Memory, and Identity: Mrs. Dalloway at the End of the Century 158
Life and Death Writing
In Search of New Virginias 166
"Beauty Shines on Two Dogs Doing What Two Women Must Not Do": Puppy Love, Same-Sex Desire and Homosexual Coding in Mrs. Dalloway 176
"A Responsible Person Like Her": Woolf's Suicide Culture 183
Textual Re-takes
Woolf's Early Experimentation with Consciousness: "Kew Gardens," Typescript to Publication, 1917-1919 192
Re-Defining Feminist Fiction in The Years 199
An Unfinished Story: The Freshwater Drafts of "The Searchlight" 207
Leonard Woolf, Cambridge, and the Art of the English Essay 215
Pressing the Public Sphere
Woolf, Privacy, and the Press 223
"A Standard of One's Own": Virginia Woolf and the Question of Literary Value 230
Canonicity and Commercialization in Woolf's Uniform Edition 236
Moving Images
"Painting the Words": A Version of Lily Briscoe's Paintings from To the Lighthouse 244
The Liberation of Lily Briscoe 252
"At Gordon Sq. and nowhere else": The Spatial and Social Politics of Bloomsbury 256
Tracking Shots Through Film History: Virginia Woolf, Film Archives and Future Technologies 266
From Contingency to Essence: Fictions of Identity in Novels and Films 276
Envisioning/Revisioning Woolf in Film at the End of the Twentieth Century 283
Disciplinary Traversals
Assuming Psyche's Task: Virginia Woolf Responds to James Frazer 291
Virginia Woolf and the "Voyage Out" from Victorian Science 298
"The Lighted Strip of History": Virginia Woolf and Einsteinian Simultaneity 304
Visualizing the Spectacle: Woolf's Metahistory Lesson in Between the Acts 311
Women's Learning, Women's Work 317
A Woolf with Political Teeth: Classing Virginia Woolf Now and in the Twenty-First Century 325
Notes on Contributors 331
Conference Program 336
Index 348
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