Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader

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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader, edited by Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies (Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2014), xiv, 250 pp. ISBN 978-0-9890826-7-9

The Twenty-Third Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf was hosted by Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and ran from June 6-9, 2013.

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About the Book

Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader presents twenty-eight essays and four poetic invocations delivered at the 23rd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, hosted by Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia (June 6-9, 2013). The theme of the conference, the concept of "common(wealth)," addresses geographical, political, and imaginary spaces in which different readers and readings vie for primacy of place. The essays in this collection, including keynote addresses by Rosemary Ashton, Paul Delany, Christine Froula, Mary Ann Gillies, Sonita Sarker, and Jane Stafford, reflect upon "common(wealth)" as a constructed entity, one that necessarily embodies tensions between the communal and individual, traditional culture and emergent forms, indigenous people and colonial powers, and literary insiders and outsiders.


Networks of Affiliation: Foundations and Friends

Author Title
Rosemary Ashton Education and Empire in Victorian Bloomsbury
Wayne Chapman Synthesizing Civilizations: Leonard Woolf, the League of Nations, and the Inverse of Imperialism, 1928-1933
Jane de Gay James Stephen's Anti-Slavery Politics: A Woolfian Inheritance
Jeanne Dubino Networks of Empire: Virginia Woolf and the Travel Writing of Emily Eden
Beth Rigel Daugherty Of Scrapbooks, War, and Newspapers: Leslie Stephen's Legacy
Catherine W. Hollis Leslie Stephen's Science of (Ecological) Ethics
Paul Delany "The Death of a Beautiful Man": Rupert Brooke in Memory and Imagination
Lolly Ockerstrom Leonard Woolf and the Ceylon Civil Service: "I had come to dislike imperialism"
Sonita Sarker Virginia Woolf in the British Commonwealth

Woolf and the Commonwealth

Author(s) Title
Jane Stafford "Simplicity and art shades reign supreme": Costume, Collectibles, and Aspiration in Katherine Mansfield's New Zealand
Kathryn Simpson Wealth in Common: Gifts, Desire, and Colonial Commodities in Woolf and Mansfield
Mary Ann Gillies On a View from the Rims: Katherine Mansfield and Emily Carr
Elizabeth F. Evans London Calling: Una Marson in the Colonial London Scene
Elsa Högberg Modernism Across the Commonwealth: Virginia Woolf's and Arundhati Roy's Critique of Empire
Melinda Smith From Bloomsbury to Fountain Lakes: An Australian Virginia Woolf

1930s Onwards

Author Title
Christine Froula War, Peace, Internationalism: Bloomsbury Legacies
Ira Nadel "Caterpillars of the Commonwealth Unite": Photography and Trauma in Three Guineas
Erica Delsandro "Drawn from Our Island History": Virginia Woolf, Nancy Mitford, and the Politics of Pageantry
Martin Winquist A "Bloodless and Pernicious Pest": The Middlebrow's "Common Man" in the Essays of Virginia Woolf
Lisa Coleman Woolf's Troubled and Troubling Relationship to Race: The Long Reach of the White Arm of Imperialism
Patrizia Muscogiuri Woolfian Seamarks: Commodified Women and the Racial Other on the Shores of Empire
Vara Neverow Documenting Fascism in Three Guineas and The Handmaid's Tale: An Examination of Woolf's Textual Notes and Scrap Books and Atwood's "Historical Notes"
Kristin Czarnecki Proportion, Conversion, Transition: War Trauma and Sites of Healing in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony

Woolf Beyond the Book

Author(s) Title
Karen Levenback Preserving Our History of Reading Woolf: The Common Wealth of Our Past and Future
Diane F. Gillespie Adventures in Common: Investing with Woolfs and "Securitas"
Leslie Kathleen Hankins Printing "Prelude": Virginia Woolf's Typesetting Apprenticeship and Katherine Mansfield on "Other People's Presses"
Nicola Wilson, Elizabeth Willson Gordon, Alice Staveley, Helen Southworth, and Claire Battershill The Hogarth Press, Digital Humanities, and Collaboration: Introducing the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP)
Paula Maggio Woolf Blogging, Blogging Woolf: Using the Web to Create a Common Wealth of Global Scholars-Readers