Archive for November, 2007

Weekly Standard coverHere is another Woolf sighting, and this one is most distressing. Virginia is featured on the cover of the Dec. 3 issue of the neo-conservative Weekly Standard magazine.

As if that is not bad enough, she is pictured playing ice hockey wearing an ugly uniform that features a sports logo made up of her first name and the head of a wolf.

On the original Web page, which has now moved into the black hole of cyberspace, her image appeared with a story titled “Not Your Father’s Tories,” by Reihan Salam. But in the hard copy version, the Woolf cover art doesn’t appear with any article.

However, upon closer perusal of the print edition, the Woolf graphic seems to have been inspired by a book about Woolf’s era: The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm by Juliet Nicolson, which we wrote about back in August.

Written by Tracy Lee Simmons, the review is titled “On the Brink: England’s Indian Summer Before the Great War.”

Woolf, in fact, is mentioned in the opening lines of the review: “Perhaps posing a bit for pithy immortality, Virginia Woolf famously declared that human nature changed somewhere in the leafy neighborhood of 1910.” 

The magazine, considered the bible of right-wingers, is owned by Robert Murdoch, which means Blogging Woolf is not a subscriber.

However, my kind husband — who tipped me off to the Woolf cover — braved the cold and snow of Northeast Ohio to bring me a borrowed copy of the issue, just so I could satisfy my curiosity regarding the unlikely connection between Virginia and The Weekly Standard.

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Why some people think vw isLooking for a clever and free Woolf-related graphic for your office door? Look no further than the Web page for the National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign.

The campaign of six print ads, featuring artists ranging from writer Woolf to singer Celia Cruz, uses clever puns on the artists’ names to encourage arts education. The Woolf ad is headlined, “Why Some People Think Virginia Woolf is the State’s Official Animal.”

Anne Fernald, of Fordham University, newly announced site of the 2009 Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, sent the link to the Virginia Woolf Listserv this morning. Along with the link, she sent the news that she spotted the ad in two issues of Newsweek.

Madelyn Dentoff of Miami University of Ohio, site of this year’s conference, chimed in minutes later to report that she was surprised to see the ad in Sports Illustrated.

Report your sightings of the ad in the comments section on this post. Or send them to bloggingwoolf@yahoo.com

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Helen Southworth, assistant professor of literature of the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon,  announces that she is trying to put together a panel or two on the topic of the Hogarth Press for the 18th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf scheduled for June 19-22, 2008, in Denver, Colorado.

Her efforts are designed  to tie in with the edited volume for which she issued a call for papers in August. Click here for details of Southworth’s call for papers.

Southworth says she is looking for papers that deal with the following:

  • stories of authors, artists, and workers published by and/or associated with the Woolfs’ press
  • papers that expand on Willis’ history of the Hogarth Press.

Anyone interested in submitting a paper to the edited volume or becoming involved in a conference panel, should contact Southworth as soon as possible.

Contact information:
Helen Southworth
Clark Honors College
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403

The deadline for Denver panel proposals is now Jan. 11. 

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Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, £114,000. James Joyce’s Ulysses, £150,000. Virginia Woolf’s Orlando — priceless.

At least it would be priceless to readers of this blog.

But according to Simon Roberts, a book expert at Bonhams in central London, a Penguin paperback first edition of Woolf’s classic is only worth a tenner.

Whether pounds or dollars, that doesn’t seem like much to pay for a first edition of our idol’s 1928 psuedo-biography.

Read more about how such book values are calculated in “How to make a killing from first editions” in The Telegraph.


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MLA logoBonnie Kime Scott, president of the International Virginia Woolf Society, announces that members of the society are invited to submit a panel topic for the next MLA Convention in 2008, which will be held in San Francisco. The deadline for proposals has been extended to Dec. 13.

Kime Scott notes that this is a call for whole panels, not individual paper proposals. She asks that you submit only one topic please.

Members should submit the following: 

1. A 35-word description of your panel (word count must include the title).
2. The name(s) and contact information of the proposed organizer(s), i.e. e-mail, snail mail, preferred telephone number, institutional affiliation, if any.
3. Deadline by which the organizer(s) wish to receive submissions (usually March 15).
4. The format for submissions (500-word abstract, full-length paper, etc.). All of the above should be submitted to Bonnie Kime Scott electronically or by mail. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. Please type “Woolf  Society Panels MLA” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Panel proposal submission deadline is Dec. 13, 2007. Voting on the resulting proposals will be completed by Dec. 30, to meet MLA deadlines.

If you would like to propose your own special session, visit the MLA Web site for instructions.

Contact: bkscott@mail.sdsu or Bonnie Kime Scott, President IVWS, Dept. of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-6030

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