Archive for December, 2013

This month, the International Virginia Woolf Society shared a series of “interesting facts about Virginia Woolf on its Facebook page.

Vanessa Bell

The most recent, * Interesting fact no. 12, * told the story of how Woolf, 28, and her sister, Vanessa Bell, 30, “once appeared in public almost nude,” according to the judgment of some who saw them at a ball held in conjunction with Roger Fry’s 1910 exhibition of Post-Impressionist painters at the Grafton Galleries.

Inspired by the paintings, the two sisters browned their arms and legs, adorned themselves with flowers and beads, and appeared as bare-shouldered, bare-legged, ‘indecent’, figures from a Gauguin canvas.

It’s said that the two women recreated their Gauguin girl look for a later photo, which has not been located.

Visit the IVWS Facebook page for more interesting facts about Virginia, including the fact that Woolf’s Dreadnought Hoax escapade heads the list of “The Twelve Best Facts from a Year of Interesting Literature.”.

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The International Virginia Woolf Society is launching a Virginia Woolf Essay Prize for undergraduates in honor of Angelica Garnett.



The winning essay (2,500 words maximum, including all notes and Works Cited) would be published in the Virginia Woolf Miscellany and would earn a prize of $200.  Time frame and details of the prize to be announced.

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Virginia Woolf will be well-represented at the MLA Annual Convention, Jan. 9-12, 2014, in Chicago. Thanks to Leslie Hankins, president of the International Virginia Woolf Society, for sending along the MLA Program 2014program details.

I also want to draw your attention to panel 47: The Decade Modernism Forgot: The 1930s, moderated by Woolf scholar Erica Delsandro of Bucknell University. It is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 9, from 1:45 – 3 p.m. in Chicago G, of the Chicago Marriott and features these panelists:

  1. “Hiding Inside the Whale,” Calum Chechie, Univ. of Oxford, Saint Catherine’s Coll.
  2. “Joyce’s Nightmare of History in George Orwell’s The Cloergyman’s Daughter,” Ruth S. Hoberman, Eastern Illinois Univ.
  3. “The Orphan decade: Elizabeth Bowen’s 1930s Novels,” Anna Teekell, Lincoln Memorial Univ.

Now for the Woolf panels:

Thursday, Jan. 9

 Time: 7–8:15 p.m.

183. Woolf, Wittgenstein, and Ordinary Language
BELMONT Chicago Marriott

Program arranged by the International Virginia Woolf Society

Presiding: Madelyn Detloff, Miami Univ., Oxford; Gaile Pohlhaus, Miami
Univ., Oxford
1. “Woolf, Wittgenstein, and Nonsense: The Voyage Out as Therapy,”
Megan M. Quigley, Villanova Univ.
2. “‘Stand Roughly Here’: Woolf, Keynes, and Ordinary Language in the
1930s,” Alice Keane, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
3. “Dumb Colloquy: The Aesthetics of Conversation and Conversational
Aesthetics of To the Lighthouse,” Erin Greer, Univ. of California,
For abstracts, contact detlofmm@miamioh.edu.

Time: 8:45-10 p.m.

All IVWS members are invited to attend the SHARP cash bar on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 8:45-10pm in the Chicago IX room at the Sheraton. [SHARP = Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing; the IVWS has a joint panel with them Friday.

Friday, Jan. 10

Time: 5:15–6:30 p.m.

398. Virginia Woolf and Book History
McHenry, Chicago Marriott
Program arranged by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing and the International Virginia Woolf Society
Presiding: Leslie Kathleen Hankins, Cornell Coll.
1. “A Library of Her Own: Virginia Stephen’s Books,” Beth Rigel Daugherty, Otterbein Univ.
2. “An Experiment in Form and Content: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf’s Monday or Tuesday,” Amanda Miller, Duquesne Univ.
3. “Blank Spaces: The Hogarth Press and ‘Lost’ Women Publishers,” Alice E. Staveley, Stanford Univ.
Respondent: Karen V. Kukil, Smith Coll.
For abstracts, visit sharpweb.org.

Saturday, Jan. 11

Time: 3:30–4:45 p.m.

609. Virginia Woolf and London’s Colonial Writers
Belmont Chicago Marriott
Program arranged by the International Virginia Woolf Society
Presiding: Elizabeth F. Evans, Univ. of Notre Dame
1. “Virginia Woolf, the Hogarth Press, and South African Modernism,” Laura A. Winkiel, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
2. “Virginia Woolf, Mulk Raj Anand, and the Novel of Political Transition,” Jeannie Im, New York Univ.
3. “Virginia Woolf’s Caribbean Connections,” Mary Lou Emery, Univ. of Iowa
For abstracts, contact evansef@gmail.com

Read more about Dining with Virginia at the MLA, a Saturday evening dinner event limited to the first 30 respondents.

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Thirty of Virginia Woolf’s closest friends will dine together at the International Virginia Woolf Society mla2014-logodinner party at MLA in Chicago, the evening of Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6:15 p.m. at Shaw’s Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St.

The meal will follow the Virginia Woolf and London’s Colonial Writers panel, which ends around 4:45 or
5 p.m.  The dinner at Shaw’s is set for 6:15 p.m., and diners will have a room of their own, the Oyster Hall of Fame room.

Menu: Choice of five entrees: grilled salmon, Maryland crab cakes, chicken, vegetarian cous cous, and others.  The meal will include soup, salad, entrée and dessert—as well as wines.

The cost per individual is $55. The IVWS will contribute wine, the gratuity, and subsidize $20 of the individual price for graduate students. If you mentor graduate students, consider inviting them to the dinner and bringing them along.

Please email ivwsociety@gmail.com with the subject heading “MLA DINNER” right away, as the first 30 to make reservations will be the lucky ones at the party. First come, first served!

Meanwhile the wineglasses had flushed yellow and flushed crimson; had been emptied; had been filled – Virginia Woolf

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Ever wonder what Lily Briscoe would smell like? No? Well, neither have I.literary scents

Yet I was still intrigued when I caught sight of a piece in the January/February 2014 issue of Intelligent Life magazine. In it, author Julie Myerson describes the scents that cling to Lily Briscoe, the artist in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, after she travels by train to the Hebrides. Think soap, violets, coffee, loneliness and linseed oil.

Lilly’s fragrance, “Skye Llly,” is one of six literary scents imagined by writers and created by the London perfumier Ormonde Jaynefor a charity auction to benefit the Shannon Trust, which works to help prisoners learn to read.

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