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Virginia Woolf is becoming ever more popular in Turkey. Tuesday, we posted about a new platform for budding Turkish writers who have an interest in Woolf. Today, we share news of a free online event focused on Woolf and literary history that is part of the Virginia Woolf Society Turkey’s Woolf Seminar series.

What: A free online talk on “Unwriting and Rewriting History and Literary History: Woolf’s Fictions and Essays,” as part of the Woolf Seminars series of the Virginia Woolf Society Turkey.

Who: Anne Besnault, senior lecturer in English literature at the University of Rouen – Normandy, France, will be the speaker.

Date: Friday, September 29
Time: 7 p.m. Turkey time or noon EST.  (Please check your local time.)
Cost: Free.
Registration: Everyone is welcome to register and attend, using this Eventbrite link:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/unwriting-and-rewriting…

About the talk

The aims of Besnault’s talk are:

  • to introduce the audience to Woolf’s historical thought, as seen from the vantage point of the past and contemporary historiographical discourses;
  • to offer a new vision of Woolf as a literary historian essentially interested in the textuality of history;
  • and to uncover the specific coherence of her history of nineteenth-century women’s literature beyond its apparent heterogeneity and contradictory impulses.

About Besnault

Besnault’s research focuses on modernist fiction and criticism, short story theory, genre and gender studies in nineteenth- and twentieth century British literature, literary history, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf’s essays and fiction.

With Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada, she is the co-editor of Beyond the Victorian and Modernist Divide: Remapping the Turn-of-the-Century Break in Literature, Culture and the Visual Arts (Routledge, 2018). She is also the author of Virginia Woolf’s Unwritten Histories: Conversations with the Nineteenth Century (Routledge: 2022).

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