Woolfian Boundaries

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Woolfian Boundaries, edited by Anna Burrells, Steve Ellis, Deborah Parsons, and Kathryn Simpson (Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2007), xiv, 196 pp. ISBN 978-0-9796066-1-8

The Sixteenth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf was hosted by the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England, and ran from June 22-25, 2006.

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The Sixteenth Annual Internation Conference on Virginia Woolf aimed to explore Woolf's work from perspectives "beyond the boundary" of her own positions and attitudes, taking her coolness towards 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. From the approximately 140 papers delivered at the conference by delegates from eighteen countries, the editors have chosen 26 for the present volume, ranging 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.


Author Title
Ruth Gruber Foreword
Anna Burrells, Steve Ellis, Deborah Parsons, Kathryn Simpson Introduction
Suzanne Bellamy Textual Archeology: An Australian Study of Virginia Woolf in 1942
Amber K. Regis "From all this diversity...not a riot of confusion but a richer unity": The Limits of Self-Representation in Virginia Woolf's Orlando: A Biography
Deborah Gerrard Brown-ness, Trees, Rose Petals, and Chrysalises: The Influence of Edward Carpenter's Mystical Evolutionary Socialism on the Writing of Virginia Woolf, with Particular Reference to The Years
Katie Macnamara Mapping Woolf's Montaignian Modernism
Jim Stewart Woolf and Andrew Marvell: The Gendering of Modernism
Ben Clarke "But the barrier is impassable": Virginia Woolf and Class
Helen Southworth "Outside the magic (and tyrannical) triangle of London-Oxford-Cambridge": John Hampson, The Woolfs, and the Hogarth Press
Lara Feigel Buggery and Montage: Birmingham and Bloomsbury in the 1930s
Alyda Faber "The shock of love" and the Visibility of "indecent" Pain: Reading the Woolf-Raverat Correspondence
Susan Reid Killing the Angel in the House: Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and the Boundaries of Sex and Gender
Randi Synnøve Koppen Real Bodies and the Psychology of Clothes: Three Guineas and the Limits of Sartorial Reasoning
Ian Blyth Woolf, Rooks, and Rural England
Richard Espley Woolf and the Others at the Zoo
Christina Alt Pests and Pesticides: Exploring the Boundaries of Woolf's Environmentalism
Jane Goldman "Ce chien est à moi": Virginia Woolf and the Signifying Dog
Bonnie Kime Scott Virginia Woolf, Ecofeminism, and Breaking Boundaries in Nature
Emily Kopley Woolf's Transformation of Providential Form in Mrs. Dalloway
Thaine Stearns Pilfering Modernism's Image: Woolf and Those Other Londoners
Ben Harvey Borderline Personalities: Woolf Reviews Kapp
Elizabeth Wright Performing the Self: Woolf as Actress and Audience
Wendy Parkins "Whose face was it?": Nicole Kidman, Virginia Woolf, and the Boundaries of Feminine Celebrity
Maggie Humm "Memory Holes" or "Heterotopias"?: The Bloomsbury Photographs
Tara Surry "Over the boundary": Virginia Woolf as Common Seer
Elisa Kay Sparks "The evening under lamplight...with the photograph album": To the Lighthouse as Family Scrapbook
Melba Cuddy-Keane Afterword: Inside and Outside the Covers: Beginnings, Endings, and Woolf's Non-coercive Ethical Texts
  Notes on Contributors
  Conference Program