Archive for April, 2009

woolf_200Want to see an amusing Virginia Woolf cartoon? Visit “from the blog of Virginia Woolf” on The Spider Spoke, written by Tom Arthur Smith.

His cartoon cleverly features Woolf’s diary entries regarding a conversation with Lytton Strachey. It is posted under the category “diary drawings.”

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twitterI have added something new to Blogging Woolf: tweets about the latest discussions regarding Virginia Woolf on the VW Listserv and other online sources I stumble upon.

You can find the latest Woolf tweets in the right sidebar under the heading “Common Reader Tweets,” two spots below the search box.

I’m not certain how long I will continue twittering about Woolf, but I’m trying it out. Sign up to follow my Woolf tweets if you are interested.

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nycBy now, many of us know about Woolf and the City, the 19th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf set for June 4 to 7 in New York City. But how many of us know that you can attend one day of the conference for just $45?

So if you are lucky enough to live in the New York City area, you love Woolf, and you can free yourself up for one fine day in June, consider spending that day with Woolf scholars and common readers from around the world at Woolf and the City.

You won’t regret it. We’re a friendly bunch. Promise.

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NPG 5933, Virginia Woolf (nÈe Stephen)News about two Bloomsbury-related events has reached Blogging Woolf. Here is the scoop about both:

“The Afterlives of Virginia Woolf: Reading Woolf in Literature, Visual Arts, and Theatre”

April to May 2009
University of Essex
Presented by the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies.

The series “The Afterlives of Virginia Woolf: Reading Woolf in Literature, Visual Arts, and Theatre” runs through April and May at the University of Essex with an exhibition in the Albert Sloman Library. Download the “Afterlives” flier.

April 22, 2009, events in Lecture Theatre Building 10:

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – screening of Kenneth Macpherson’s Borderline
  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – inaugural talk by Maggie Humm of the University of East London, on “Virginia Woolf, Photography, and the Arts.”
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5p.m. – tea
  • 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Roundtable “Afterlives, Ghosts, Adaptations: Virginia Woolf and Film”; Professor Maggie Humm, Dr Sophie Mayer, Professor Marina Warner, Dr. Sanja Bahun. Chaired by Dr. Sophie Mayer
  • 6 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. – screening of Sally Potter’s Orlando (1992, UK, feat. Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp)
  • 7:40 – 8 p.m. – SPARK workshop by Dr. Sophie Mayer of Cambridge University: “Reading Orlando, Creating Orlando

May 6, 2009, events in Lecture Theatre Building 10:

  • 7.30 p.m. screening of Marleen Gorris’s Mrs. Dalloway. Introduction: Dr Sanja Bahun (1997, UK, feat. Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha McElhone, Rupert Graves)

May 13, 2009, events in The Lakeside Theatre:

  • 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Sally Potter in Conversation.
  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – screening of Sally Potter’s Yes (2004, feat. Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, Sam Neil)

May 29, 2009, events in The Senate Room:

  • 2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.  – Professor Hermione Lee of Oxford University, “Woolf and Drama”
  • 3.30 – 4.30 p.m. – refreshments in the LiFTS Common Room
  • 4.30 p.m. – Katie Mitchell’s Waves; reading and discussion
  • 5 p.m. – Darryl Pinkney (writer: drama, literary criticism)

More events to come

Within the next year, talks, screenings, workshops, rehearsed readings, conversations, and many other types of engagement with Woolf’s “lives” and “afterlives” on the page, stage, and screen will be held. Presenters include Hermione Lee, Maria DiBattista, Jane Goldman, but also “practitioners” such as Sally Potter, Kristin Hutchinson, Darryl Pinckney and others.

All events are free and open to public.

“David Rhys Jones: A Bloomsbury Journey – London and Sussex”

June 3 to 26
Curwen & New Academy Gallery, 34 Windmill St., London

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.  to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed bank holidays. Download the flier for more details.

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Virginia WoolfIt is not enough that Amazon.com temporarily put Virginia Woolf’s books in the adult category. Now she, along with the condom, is being blamed for the “promiscuity” of today’s society.

At least that is what Dr. Phillip Jensen, the Anglican Dean of Sydney, Australia, told the  Sydney Morning Herald on April 10.

“In terms of adultery, in terms of divorce, in terms of grandchildren, yes we are in big trouble as a society because of the sexual revolution,” he said.  “It came out of Virginia Woolf and that crowd (in England in the early 20th century).”

If Woolf was still around, she would probably be laughing at this silly dust-up. After all, she did say, “The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.”

Read the full story here.

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