Woolf & the City

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Woolf & the City: Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, edited by Elizabeth F. Evans and Sarah E. Cornish (Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2010), xiv, 250 pp. ISBN 978-0-9842598-3-0

The Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf was hosted by Fordham University in New York, New York, and ran from June 4-7, 2009.

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About the Book

Woolf and the City collects important essays selected from the nearly 200 papers delivered at the nineteenth annual international conference on Virginia Woolf. The volume includes an introduction by the editors, the conference keynote addresses, and 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 session of the conference, a round-table conversation 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 contributors, who include Ruth Gruber, Molly Hite, Mark Hussey, Tamar Katz, Eleanor McNees, Kathryn Simpson, and Rishona Zimring, advance Woolf studies and the broader fields of narrative studies, cultural geography, urban theory, phenomenology, and gender studies.


Author Title
Elizabeth F. Evans and Sarah E. Cornish Introduction to Woolf and the City
  List of Abbreviations


Author Title
Tamar Katz Pausing, Waiting, Repeating: Urban Temporality in Mrs. Dalloway and The Years
Anna Snaith The Years, Street Music, and Acoustic Space [abstract of plenary address]
Jessica Berman "You then": Three Guineas, the Spanish Civil War, and the Challenge of Total War [abstract of plenary address

Navigating London

Author Title
Caroline Pollentier Imagining Flânerie Beyond Anthropocentrism: Virginia Woolf, the London Archipelago, and City Tortoises
Eleanor McNees Public Transport in Woolf's City Novels: The London Omnibus
Alexandra Harris Virginia Woolf Underground
Kathryn Simpson "Street Haunting," Commodity Culture, and the Woman Artist
Diane F. Gillespie A City in the Archives: Virginia Woolf and the Statues of London

Spatial Perceptions and the Cityscape

Author Title
Kimberly Engdahl Coates Queering London: Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Perception
Elicia Clements Reconfigured Terrain: Aural Architecture in Jacob's Room and The Years
Federico Sabatini "Dark pours over the outlines of houses and towers": Virginia Woolf's Prismatic Poetics of Space

Regarding Others

Author Title
Mark Hussey Woolf and the Falling Man
Molly Hite "How Strange": Affective and Evaluative Uncertainty in Mrs. Dalloway
Christine W. Sizemore Cosmopolitanism From Below in Mrs. Dalloway and "Street Haunting"

The Literary Public Sphere

Author Title
Melissa Sullivan The Bestseller and the City: Flush, The Barrets of Wimpole Street, and Cultural Hierarchies
Erica Gene Delsandro To "make that country our own country": The Years, Novelistic Historiography, and the 1930s
Mia Spiro Between Public and Private Acts: Woolf's Anti-Fascist Strategies
Elisa Kay Sparks Metropolis Unbound: Virginia Woolf's Heterotopian Utopian Impulse
Suzanne Bellamy New World Archives: Scattered Seeds of a New Scholarship

Border Crossings and Liminal Landscapes

Author Title
Vara Neverow Contrasting Urban and Rural Transgressive Sexualities in Jacob's Room
Rishona Zimring "No Room for More": Woolf's Journey from London to Scotland, 1938
Randi Saloman "[D]irectly a box was unpacked the rooms became very different": Hotel Life and The Voyage Out
Leslie Kathleen Hankins An Archive in the City: "True Pictures" and Animated News Films of Suffragettes in the Holographs of Virginia Woolf's "The Movies" in the Berg Collection
Jane Goldman "When dogs will become men": Melancholia, Canine Allegories, and Theriocephalous Figures in Woolf's Urban Contact Zones

Teaching Woolf, Woolf Teaching

Author Title
Beth Rigel Daugherty The Streets of London: Virginia Woolf's Development of a Pedagogical Style
Cheryl Hindrichs "Find Our Own Way for Ourselves": Orlando as an Uncommon Reader in the Critical Theory Classroom
Sevinc Kurt Recreating Woolf's Public and Private Spaces in Architectural Design Education
Paula Maggio Virginia Woolf in the Cyber City: Connecting in the Virtual Public Square

Inspired by Woolf: A Conversation

Author Title
Megan Branch Forward: The Legacy of Virginia Woolf
Megan Branch Transcription