Virginia Woolf  Writing the World

Virginia Woolf Writing the World

Virginia Woolf Writing the World, edited by Pamela L. Caughie and Diana L. Swanson (Clemson, SC: Clemson University Press, 2015), xviii, 228 pp. ISBN 978-0-9908958-0-0

The Twenty-Fourth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf was co-sponsored by Loyola University Chicago and Northern Illinois University and ran from June 5-8, 2014.

This book is published in partnership with Liverpool University Press and may be purchased via their website, here.

About the Book

Virginia Woolf Writing the World addresses such themes as the creation of worlds through literary writing, Woolf's reception as a world writer, world wars, and natural worlds in Woolf's writings. The collection represents the theme of internationalism in Woolf's work, but its global appeal is likewise reflected in the diverse range of contributors from around the world. The volume is divided into four themed sections: "War and Peace"; "World Writer(s)," which reads the Woolfs in a global context; "Animal and Natural Worlds," which brings recent developments in ecocriticism and post-humanist studies to analysis of Woolf's writing; and "Writing and Worldmaking," which addresses various aspects of genre, style, and composition. In addition to a myriad of historical perspectives, the book also brings us back to international and cultural conflicts in our own day, reminding us why Woolf still matters today.


War and Peace

Author Title
Mark Hussey, with Sarah Cole, J. Ashley Foster, Christine Froula, Jean Mills
Roundtable: Woolf and Violence
Judith Allen Intersections: Surveillance, Propaganda, and Just War
Erica Gene Delsandro Modernism and Memorials: Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood
Paula Maggio Taking Up Her Pen for World Peace: Virginia Woolf, Feminist Pacifist. Or Not?
Christine Haskill The Sex War and the Great War: Woolf's Late Victorial Inheritance in Three Guineas
Ann Martin Sky Haunting: The British Motor-Car Industry and the World Wars
Eleanor McNees The 1914 "Expurgated Chunk": The Great War in and out of The Years
Charles Andrews "beauty, simplicity and peace": Faithful Pacifism, Activist Writing, and The Years
David Deutsch Virginia Woolf, Katharine Burdekin, and Britain's Cosmopolitan Musical Culture
Maud Ellmann Death in the Air: Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Townsend Warner in World War II

World Writer(s)

Author(s) Title
David J. Fine Teaching Privileges: Three Guineasand the Cost of Global Citizenship
Erin Amann Holliday-Karre From Guineas to Riyals: Teaching Woolf in the Middle East
Matthew Beeber Fashionable Misconceptions: The Creation of the East in Virginia Woolf's Orlando
Shao-Hua Wang From London to Taipei: Writing the Past in "Wandering in the Garden, Waking from a Dream" and Mrs. Dalloway
Alan Chih-chien Hsieh An Estranged Intimacy with the World: The Postcolonial Woolf's Planetary Love in The Voyage Out
Susan Standford Friedman "Shakespeare's Sister": Woolf in the World before A Room of One's Own
Steven Putzel Leonard Woolf: Writing the World of Palestine, Zionism, and the State of Israel

Animal and Natural Worlds

Author Title
Elizabeth Hanna Hanson "And the donkey brays": Donkeys at Work in Virginia Woolf
Vicki Tromanhauser Companion Creatures: "Dogmanity" in Three Guineas
Elsa Högberg Virginia Woolf's Object-Oriented Ontology
Michael Tratner The Bodies In/Are The Waves
Joyce E. Kelley Stretching our "Antennae": Converging Worlds of the Seen and the Unseen in "Kew Gardens"
Kim Sigouin "The Problem of Space": Embodied Language and the Body in Nature in To the Lighthouse
Elisa Kay Sparks "Whose Woods These Are": Virginia Woolf and the Primeval Forests of the Mind

Writing and Worldmaking

Author(s) Title
Anne Cunningham Negative Feminism and Anti-Development in Virginia Woolf's The Voyage Out
Maayan P. Dauber Upheavals of Intimacy in To the Lighthouse
Amy Kahrmann Huseby The Reconciliations of Poetry in Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts; or, Why It's "perfectly ridiculous to call it a novel"
Kelle Sills Mullineaux Virginia Woolf, Composition Theorist: How Imagined Audiences Can Wreck a Writer
Madelyn Detloff The Precarity of "Civilization" in Woolf's Creative Worldmaking