Archive for October, 2022

To help celebrate the centenary of Virginia Woolf’s 1922 novel Jacob’s Room, the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain has gathered some online resources. We share them here, with thanks to the VWSGB.

  • Read Jacob’s Room
    Read the 1960 Hogarth Presss edition on Internet Archive.
  • Read “The unconventional novel”
    Read “The Unconventional Novel,” a review of Jacob’s Room, published in The Guardian, 3 November 1922 and republished 20 July 2002.
  • Participate in the VWoolf100 Centenary Readathon
    Tweet your thoughts on Jacob’s Room to @VWoolf100 with the hashtag #JacobsRoom100. Read more.
  • Take Jacob’s Walk
    VWSGB member Robert B. Todd on Jacob’s London; includes “Jacob’s Walk.”
    Read more.
  • Listen to the Virginia Woolf Podcast from Literature Cambridge
    “100 years of Jacob’s Room,” with Karina Jakubowicz, novelist Susan Sellers and King’s College Cambridge archivist Peter Jones. Read more and listen.
  • Read the guest blog post from Literature Cambridge
    Jacob’s Room: A Novel without Heroes:” a guest blog post about a lecture by Alison Hennegan from 12 December 2020.
  • Read “Comparing Woolf’s Jacob’s Room and Beethoven’s Third
    By Urmila Seshagiri, editor of the Oxford World’s Classics Jacob’s Room (2nd edition, OUP, 2022, on the Oxford University Press blog.
  • Read an introduction to the novel
    This introduction to Jacob’s Room is by US writer and teacher Danell Jones.

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Peter Jones, fellow of King’s College, and Karina Jakubowicz

Add another celebration of the centenary of the publication of Jacob’s Room (1922) to the list. This time, it is Literature Cambridge’s new Virginia Woolf Podcast.

Join Karina Jakubowicz as she visits King’s College, Cambridge and speaks with Susan Sellers, Woolf scholar and novelist, and Peter Jones, King’s College Fellow, for the first episode of season two of the Virginia Woolf Podcast.

In the podcast, we get a sense of where some of the Bloomsbury members lived in Cambridge, and we explore the novel’s relationship with death, memory, and the Great War.

Listen to it on Spotify.

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Two free events will celebrate the centenary of Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room (1922) this week. And organizers Rachel Crossland and Alice Wood invite readers to join them online in marking 100 years since its first publication.

Free online seminar

What: Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room: Centenary Reflections
When: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2:30–4:30 p.m. BST, 9:30-11:30 a.m. ESTfree online seminar
Who: Charlotte Taylor Suppé (independent scholar): “Women Must Weep: Betty Flanders and the Perils of Nationalistic Mothering;” Chris Wells (University of Sheffield): “Sexology, Bisexuality and Experimentation in Jacob’s Room;” and Vara Neverow (Southern Connecticut State University): “Tracing Patterns in the Critical Reception of Jacob’s Room from 1922 to 2022″
More information: Get abstracts and speaker biographies.
Registration: Register by noon BST on Oct. 26 to receive a link to join the seminar.

A readathon

What: Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room: Centenary Readathon
When: Thursday, Oct. 27
How: Follow and tweet to @VWoolf100 on Twitter. Hasthag: #JacobsRoom100

One hundred years to the day from the novel’s first publication, Rachel Crossland and Alice Wood invite readers of Jacob’s Room to join in a collective reappraisal of this text. Woolf’s Jacob’s Room is one of the key works of modernism’s annus mirabilis of 1922, but still attracts much less attention than T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land or James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Whether reading the novel for the first time or returning to it, organizers encourage students, scholars, and, in Woolf’s phrase, “common readers” to dive into this short book (or a portion of it) on Oct. 27, then tweet thoughts and reflections to @VWoolf100 with the hashtag #JacobsRoom100.

What fresh light can today’s world shed on Jacob’s Room and how can this novel speak to us today, organizers ask.

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Literary audiobook supplier Spiracle offers three of Virginia Woolf’s short works at no cost. You can listen to them at the links below.
  • The Mark on the Wall,” read by Saffron Coomber. First published in 1917 with Leonard Woolf’s story “Three Jews” in the collection Two Stories.
  • On Being Ill,” read by Saffron Coomber. First published in 1926 in magazines in both the UK and US. Four years later, the Hogarth Press published a slightly revised version as a stand-alone volume. It was the first volume the Woolfs hand set and printed in 11 years.
  • How It Strikes a Contemporary,” read by Diana Quick. First published in 1922 in The Times Literary Supplement. It was later published by the Hogarth Press in The Common Reader (1925).

Spiracle also offers five Woolf novels as audiobooks at prices ranging from £10-£15: The Voyage Out, Night and Day, Jacob’s Room, Mrs. Dalloway, and To the Lighthouse.

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Virginia Woolf has arrived in Richmond. The life-sized bronze statue of Woolf arrived this week and will be installed in November in the heart of the London borough where Woolf lived for 10 years.

Arts and education charity Aurora Metro launched the project to commission, fund and erect a statue of Woolf in Richmond Upon Thames in 2017. It recognizes Woolf’s life in Richmond from 1915 to 1924, along with her founding of The Hogarth Press with husband Leonard and the publication of her first novel, The Voyage Out, in 1915.

Aurora Metro raised £50,000 to fund the statue, designed by award-winning sculptor Laury Dizengremel. It features Woolf sitting on a bench and will be installed at Richmond Riverside near the entrance to Heron Court.

Aurora Metro is still soliciting funds to cover the installation, associated literary events and maintenance of the statue, which is the only full-sized statue of Woolf in the UK. Anyone who would like to be invited to the launch can do so by making a donation of £100 or more.

For the latest news about the statue, follow on Twitter @VWoolfstatue or on Facebook/VWoolfStatue.

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