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Screenshot from the Sunday Zoom session on “Rethinking the Dreadnought Hoax” with Danell Jones.

Are we all Zoomed out and ready for a walk in the fresh air? The 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, held virtually for the first time via Zoom, is now over. And while seeing each other in tiny boxes was wonderful, we missed being together in person.

But kudos to conference organizer Ben Hagen, assistant professor of English at the University of South Dakota and president of the International Virginia Woolf Society, for pulling off this amazing virtual event.

Below is a selection of some of the most recent tweets found at the conference hashtag #vwwoolf2021.

It’s a follow-up to yesterday’s report.

 

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We are in the midst of the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, which for the first time is being held virtually via Zoom. Postponed last year due to COVID-19, the conference began Thursday and runs through tomorrow. There’s still time to get a day pass.

Below we are sharing a selection of tweets found by following the conference hashtag #vwwoolf2021.

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Come one, come all to the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, which for the first time will be held virtually via Zoom. Postponed last year due to COVID-19, the conference will be held online from June 10-13. And all are welcome.

On the bright side

While Woolfians won’t be able to meet in person this year, there is a bright side. This virtual conference will allow more folks from around the world to attend, something that some global attendees lobbied for when the last in-person conference was held in 2019. It will also allow those who cannot afford to travel from afar to be a part of things.

Profession and Performance, June 10-13

The Department of English will host the four-day virtual event at the University of South Dakota. The theme of the conference, “Profession and Performance,” brings together two significant terms.

The first term, profession, mattered deeply to Woolf. It calls to mind not only her sense of herself as a writer but also the set of specialized occupations she addresses in “A Room of One’s Own” (1929) and “Three Guineas” (1938), areas of study and livelihood traditionally reserved for the sons of educated men.

The second term, performance, invokes the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf’s commitment over the past three decades to the arts, to theater, to music, to the spoken word and to their resonances with the performance and performativity of Woolf’s life and writing.

Attend one or all

Since the conference is on Zoom, you can register, download the program, and attend as few or as many of the panel discussions and plenary events as you like. Plenary sessions feature:

  • A roundtable with Mark Hussey (Pace U), Urmila Seshagiri (U of Tennessee–Knoxville), Drew Shannon (Mount Saint Joseph U), and Jean Moorcroft Wilson (U of London)
  • Monumental Close Reading: Entering the “The Mark on The Wall” as an

    Ane Thon Knutsen with her hand-printed volume “A Printing Press of One’s Own,” introduced at the 2017 Woolf conference.

    Immersive Installation—Word by Word, Print by Print with Ane Thon Knutsen (Oslo National Academy of the Arts)

  • Performance Double Feature: “The Party” and . . . a surprise with Ellen McLaughlin, Kathleen Chalfant, and Drew Shannon
  • Still Very Precarious: Reprising Woolf’s “Think we must” with Carrie Rohman
    (Lafayette College)

Cost

Fees range from $15 for one day to $50 for the full conference.

Get some swag

A wide variety of conference swag — from stickers to mugs to T-shirts to posters decorated with the conference graphic — is available. Get it here.

More information

If you have questions, contact the conference organizer, Benjamin Hagen, at Benjamin.Hagen@usd.edu. Follow the hashtag #vwoolf2021 on Twitter.

 

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What color were Virginia Woolf’s eyes? That has turned out to be a puzzling question that has me still searching for the answer, while begging forgiveness for the pun.

“Jane Austen’s Book Club” puzzle by eeBoo, which depicts Woolf (front, far right, as a blue-eyed blonde)

The question occurred to me after completing a 1,000-piece eeBoo puzzle titled “Jane Austen’s Book Club.” Woolf, along with Austen, Mary Shelley, George Eliot, and Zora Neale Huston, are pictured sipping tea, alongside some of their famous titles.

Wasn’t she a brown-eyed brunette?

The puzzle was fun to put together and I was happy to add it to my collection of Woolf puzzles. I am even planning to frame it. But it left me wondering why artist Jennifer Orkin Lewis pictured Woolf as a blue-eyed blonde.

All of the paintings and photos I have seen of Woolf depict her with dark hair. And although her father, Leslie Stephen, is said to have had steely blue eyes, I have never seen her described that way.

In the famous color photos of Woolf by Gisele Freund, taken in her Tavistock Square home in London just before World War II broke out in 1939, Woolf’s eyes appear to be brown. It was the last portrait taken of Woolf and the only one in color. I have also seen Woolf’s eyes described as grey, although that source does not seem reliable. But never blue.

So I have emailed the artist to ask for some insight into her color choices. I’ll let you know what I hear.

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Teaching Virginia Woolf online this fall? If so, these YouTube videos focused on her life and her work may help. Take a look.

Virginia Woolf and Mrs. Dalloway

This is a nearly one-hour 1987 dramatized documentary on the novel, with an introduction by Woolf biographer Hermione Lee.

The Mind and Times of Virginia Woolf

This is an approximately 25-minute triptych featuring (among others) Hermione Lee, Eileen Atkins, Nigel Nicolson and Frances Spalding.



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