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In addition to our regular Woolf sightings, we offer a number of references to “Woolf in Pop Culture” shared via the VWoolf Listserv.

Contributors include Keri Barber, Vara Neverow, Helen E. Southworth, Cheryl Hindrichs and Blogging Woolf’s very own Alice Lowe, who has been collecting references to Woolf in contemporary fiction for years — and has lived to write a monograph about it. Alice’s Beyond the Icon: Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction is part of Cecil Woolf Publishers’ Bloomsbury Heritage Series.

  • Jane Gardam slips Woolf into her work. In her 2008 novel Faith Fox, a major character is Thomasina Fox. A confused woman refers to her as Thomasina Woolf, remarking that “She wrote The Waves, you know.” Woolf also appears as a glimpsed character in Crusoe’s Daughter and in Gardam’s stories “The Last Reunion” and “The People on Privilege Hill.”
  • Woolf shows up in Alison Bechdel‘s graphic memoir Are You My Mother? Reviews of the memoir often include this fact, as mentioned in numerous Woolf sightings.
  • Woolf makes a quick appearance in Gillian Flynn‘s new novel, Gone Girl. Here is the quote: “I will drink a giant ice-wet shaker of gin, and I will swallow sleeping pills, and when no one is looking, I’ll drop silently over the side [of the Mississippi], my pockets full of Virginia Woolf rocks. It requires discipline.”

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On a regular basis, members of the VWoolf Listserv post queries. Jane Garrity, associate professor of English at the University of Colorado, recently asked for tips about resources for Katie Mitchell’s Waves, her 2006 multi-media stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s eponymous novel.

Today, she sent an email sharing the “wonderful suggestions” she received. I am posting them here, along with a National Theater video about the production itself.

  • The book, Waves, sold by the National Theater bookshop, contains many great photographs and the text of the production.
  • You can listen online to a Platform event podcast in which director Katie Mitchell discusses the production.
  • A resource pack on Waves by the National Theater’s Discover Department is available for free download. Download this file: Waves_workpack.pdf.
  • A research pack containing photocopies of the programme, approximately 10 national newspaper reviews and a small selection of production shots is available to purchase from the Archive for £7.00 (VAT and international postage included). To order, contact Suzanne Doolin, the National Theatre Archive Assistant, at sdoolin@nationaltheatre.org.uk.

Garrity also wrote that, “According to Suzanne Doolin, no visual recording of Waves is available now–though this is being discussed. She writes:`It is seldom that we release recordings commercially – filming a show to the standard expected by a group, or home viewing public, is an expensive business and is beyond our standard production budgets. Such filming must be carefully weighed with the fact that the works are created for a live and relatively intimate audience, cameras alter the nature of a performance.

“`We have made a number of commercial releases in the past in partnership with commercial distributors, and you’ll be pleased to know we are exploring the technicalities of an ‘educational release only’ phase as an initial step. With the huge popularity of NT Live, we are also considering the potential for later DVD sales of such broadcasts, however there are numerous legal, and artistic implications which must be navigated amongst the many involved groups and this is something which takes time.'”

Doolin said the National Theatre Archive holds visual recordings of all NT productions from mid 1995 onwards that are made available to view in the archive upon appointment.

Read more about the Mitchell production of Waves on Blogging Woolf:

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The Waves by Virginia WoolfA century after the Bloomsburty group came together, English director Katie Mitchell’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves is on stage at The Duke on 42nd Street in New York City, Nov. 14 through Nov. 22.

There, in its U.S. premiere, the play is part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Lincoln Center’s New Visions series, which this year is subtitled “The Literary Muse,” and which we heralded on Blogging Woolf in February.

When Waves was produced at the National Theater in London, where Mitchell, 44, is associate director, it played to full houses and received superb reviews.

Read The New York Times preview of the staging of Woolf’s tale of six friends moving from childhood to adulthood to life’s final chapters. Get details about the Lincoln Center staging.

While you are in town for Waves, catch the Grolier Club exhibit on Woolf too. Meanwhile, take a moment to ponder a different interpretation of Woolf and water.

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