Virginia Woolf  and Her Female Contemporaries

Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries

Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries, edited by Julie Vandivere and Megan Hicks (Clemson, SC: Clemson University Press, 2015), xx, 234 pp. ISBN 978-1-942954-08-8

The Twenty-Fifth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf was hosted by Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and ran from June 4-7, 2015.

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

About the Book

Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries places Virginia Woolf's writing in context with that of other women writers during the first decades of the twentieth century. The book increases our understanding of many female writers, helping us to comprehend how they contributed to, and complicated, modernist literature. The essays in this book, divided in five parts, explore burgeoning communities and enclaves of women writers who were contemporaneous with Virginia Woolf. The first part, entitled "Who Are Virginia Woolf’s Female Contemporaries," explores the boundaries of contemporaneity by considering women across time, class and national identity. The second section, "Cultural Contexts," explores Woolf’s connections to early twentieth-century culture, including film and book societies. The next two sections, "Virginia Woolf’s Contemporaries Abroad" and "Virginia Woolf’s Contemporaries at Home," illuminate the interlocking network of women writers and artists. Finally, one of the most enticing sections of the volume is a collection of essays presented as a fitting memorial to Jane Marcus. There, three of Marcus’ students celebrate the life, work, and influence of this unparalleled Woolf scholar.


Who Are Virginia Woolf's Female Contemporaries?

Author Title
Mary Jean Corbett
Considering Contemporaneity: Woolf and "the Maternal Generation"
Mary Wilson Who Is My Contemporary?: Woolf, Mansfield, and Their Servants
Catherine W. Hollis "The World is My Country": Emma Goldman among the Avant-Garde
Kristin Bluemel "Definite, Burly, and Industrious": Virginia Woolf and Gwen Darwin Raverat
Jeffrey M. Brown "A Verbal Life on the Lips of the Living": Virginia Woolf, Ellen Terry, and the Victorian Contemporary
Elisa Kay Sparks Twists of the Lily: Floral Ambivalence in the Work of Virginia Woolf and Georgia O'Keeffe

Virginia Woolf's Cultural Contexts

Author(s) Title
Nicola Wilson Virginia Woolf and the Book Society Limited
Alyssa Mackenzie The Outsider as Editor: Three Guineas and the Feminist Periodical
Eleanor McNees Woolf's Imperialist Cousins: Missionary Vocations of Dorothea and Rosamond Stephen
Beth Rigel Daugherty Mary Sheepshanks, Virginia Stephen, and Morley College: Learning to Teach, Learning to Write
Leslie Kathleen Hankins Picture This: Virginia Woolf in the British Good Housekeeping!? or Moving Picture This: Woolf's London Essays and the Cinema
Sarah Cornish "Quota Quickies Threaten Audience Intelligence Levels!": The Power of the Screen in Virginia Woolf's "The Cinema" and "Middlebrow" and Betty Miller's Farewell Leicester Square

Virginia Woolf's Contemporaries Abroad

Author Title
Patrizia A. Muscoguiri Reconfiguring the Mermaid: H.D., Virginia Woolf, and the Radical Ethics of Writing as Marine Practice
Jessica Kim A Carnival of the Grotesque: Feminine Imperial Flânerie in Virginia Woolf's "Street Haunting" and Una Marson's "Little Brown Girl"
Kimberley Engdahl Coates Mad Women: Dance, Female Sexuality, and Surveillance in the Work of Virginia Woolf and Emily Holmes Coleman
Lois Gilmore Shop My Closet: Virginia Woolf, Marianne Moore, and Fashion Contemporaries
Maria Aparecida de Oliveira Virginia Woolf and Victoria Ocampo: A Brazilian Perspective
Joyce E. Kelley Making Waves in Lonely Parallel: Evelyn Scott and Virginia Woolf
Urvashi Vashist Critical Characters in Search of an Author: Cornelia Sorabji and Virginia Woolf
Kristin Czarnecki "In my mind I saw my mother": Virginia Woolf, Zitkala-Ša, and Autobiography

Virginia Woolf's Contemporaries at Home

Author(s) Title
Gill Lowe "The Squeak of a Hinge": Hinging and Swinging in Woolf and Mansfield
Kate Haffey "People must marry": Queer Temporality in Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield
Emily Rials The Weight of "Formal Obstructions" and Punctuation in Mrs. Dalloway and Pointed Roofs
Diane F. Gillespie Advise and Reject: Virginia Woolf, the Hogarth Press, and a Forgotten Woman's Voice
Karen L. Levenback Florence Melian Stawell and Virginia Woolf: Home-front Experience, The Prince of Freedom, and Patriotism
Benjamin D. Hagen Intimations of Cosmic Indifference in Virginia Woolf's Orlandoand Olive Moore's Spleen
Mark Hussey "Could I sue a dead person?": Rebecca West and Virginia Woolf
Vara Neverow Spintered Sexualities in Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, and Sylvia Townsend Warner's "A Love Match"
Barbara Lonnquist Sexual Cryptographies and War in Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts and Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day

Tribute to Jane Marcus

Author(s) Title
Linda Camarasana Memorial Tribute for Jane Marcus
J. Ashley Foster To Jane, Thank You. With Love,
Jean Mills Tribute to Jane Marcus