Virginia Woolf and the Natural World

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Virginia Woolf and the Natural World: Selected Papers from the Twentieth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, edited by Kristin Czarnecki and Carrie Rohman (Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2011), xii, 246 pp. ISBN 978-0-9835339-0-0

The Twentieth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf was hosted by Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, and ran from June 3-6, 2010.

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Virginia Woolf and the Natural World is a compilation of thirty-one essays presented at the twentieth annual international conference on Virginia Woolf. This volume 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. Contributors include Bonnie Kime Scott, Carrie Rohman, Diana Swanson, Elisa Kay Sparks, Beth Rigel Daugherty, Jane Goldman, and Diane Gillespie, among many others from the international community of Woolf scholars.


Author Title
Kristin Czarnecki and Carrie Rohman Introduction to Woolf and the Natural World
  List of Abbreviations
Bonnie Kime Scott Ecofeminism, Holism, and the Search for Natural Order in Woolf
Carrie Rohman "We Make Life": Vibration, Aesthetics, and the Inhuman in The Waves
Diana Swanson "The Real World": Virginia Woolf and Ecofeminism
Cecil Woolf Virginia and Leonard, as I Remember Them
Elisa Kay Sparks "Everything tended to set itself in a garden": Virginia Woolf's Literary and Quotidian Flowers: A Bar-Graphical Approach
Beth Rigel Daugherty Taking Her Fences: The Equestrian Virginia Woolf
Laci Mattison The Metaphysics of Flowers in The Waves: Virginia Woolf's "Seven-Sided Flower" and Henri Bergson's Intuition
Erin Penner Crowding Clarissa's Garden
Rachel Zlatkin The Flesh of Citizenship: Red Flowers Grew
Jane Lilienfield The Besieged Garden: Nature in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Willa Cather's One of Ours
Rebecca McNeer Virginia Woolf: Natural Olympian: Swimming and Diving as Metaphors for Writing
Patrizia Muscogiuri "This, I fancy, must be the sea": Thalassic Aesthetics in Virginia Woolf's Writing
Gill Lowe Wild Swimming
Vara Neverow The Woolf, the Horse, and the Fox: Recurrent Motifs in Jacob's Room and Orlando
Jane Goldman The Dogs that Therefore Woolf Follows: Some Canine Sources for A Room of One's Own in Nature and Art
Diane Gillespie "The Bird is the Word": Virginia Woolf and W. H. Hudson, Visionary Ornithologist
Jeanne Dubino Evolution, History, and Flush; or, The Origin of Spaniels
Kathryn Simpson "Lappin and Lapinova": A Woolf in Hare's Clothing?
Alice Lowe "A Certain Hold on Haddock and Sausage": Dining Well in Virginia Woolf's Life and Work
Kate Sedon Moments of Aging: Revising Mother Nature in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway
Barbara Lonnquist Homeless in Nature: Solitary Trampings and Shared Errantry in Cornwall, 1905
Xiaoqin Cao "Walking over the bridge in a willow pattern plate": Virginia Woolf and the Exotic Landscapes
Diana Royer Mining with the Head: Virginia Woolf, Henry David Thoreau, and Exploring the Self Through Nature
Catherine W. Hollis Virginia Woolf as Mountaineer
Verita Sriratana "It was an uncertain spring": Reading Weather in The Years
Elise Swinford Transforming Nature: Orlando as Elegy
Derek Ryan "Nature, who has played so many queer tricks upon us": Digging Granite and Chasing Rainbows with Virginia Woolf
Dominic Scheck Sundered Waters: Isolated Consciousness and Ostensible Communion in Woolf's Narration
Emily Hinnov "To give the moment whole": The Nature of Time and Cosmic (Comm) unity in Virginia Woolf's The Waves
Wayne Chapman Spengler's The Decline of the West and Intellectual Quackery: Checking the Climate with Leonard Woolf and W. B. Yeats
Luke Reader Listening-in, Tuning Out: Leonard Woolf's Criticism of the BBC During the 1930s
  Notes on Contributors
  Conference Program