Littérature et expérimentation musicale contemporaine

oct 8th, 2017 Posted in - Conférences et événements sur Woolf | Commentaires fermés

Voix de la littérature anglophone dans l’expérimentation musicale contemporaine

Journée d’études organisée par le groupe Confluences du CREA

Vendredi 13 octobre 2017

Université Paris Nanterre

Comment sa transposition en œuvre musicale renouvelle notre écoute et notre interprétation d’un texte source ? Dans quels aspects d’un texte littéraire puise-t-on les ressources pour les voix dans l’expérimentation musicale contemporaine ? Cette mini-journée d’études réunira compositeurs, musicologues et littéraires autour de ces questions. On interrogera tout particulièrement le rôle de la voix comme outil d’analyse poétique et comme instrument musical, car dans la rencontre avec la musique, la capacité de la voix à faire entendre le sens d’un texte mais aussi de le dérouter ou de l’abîmer est mise en scène, de sorte que, très souvent, le statut privilégié de la voix comme véhicule de l’anima ou de la vérité est mis en péril. Nous chercherons également à mieux saisir comment le paramétrage de scènes d’écoute crée des lieux singuliers de réception d’un texte. Il serait enfin question des enjeux de l’écriture d’un livret, afin d’explorer comment la finalité musicale et scénique détermine la traduction d’un texte littéraire en livret ainsi que les spécificités de cet exercice d’écriture.

A 10h50, entretien avec Violeta Cruz autour de The Lake of My Mind, œuvre chorale tirée de The Waves de Virginia Woolf (création Paris 2015). Conversation animée par Naomi Toth.

Programme complet ici.


CFP: Virginia Woolf and the Writing of History

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Virginia Woolf and the Writing of History

8-10 November 2018 (to be confirmed)

University of Rouen ERIAC,

with the collaboration of the University of Picardie – Jules Verne and the Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes

Dr. Anne Besnault-Levita, Dr. Marie Laniel, Dr. Anne-Marie Smith-di Biasio HDR

Proposal submission deadline: January 30th, 2018

Call for papers

We propose to examine Virginia Woolf’s relationship to history by reflecting on her reading and writing of history (see notes in link below), be that the history of her own time, of the past, women’s history or literary history. This will involve analysing how the literary and historicity are interlinked not only in her novels, but also in the essays, letters and journals. This in turn might lead us to consider the question of anteriority and tradition, engaging both the po-ethical and political dimensions of a Woolfian writing of history and of pre-history, such as that which informs her late essay “Anon,” but is also present throughout her writing in the attention it accords to a cultural unconscious, subtending the present of language like a sometimes conscious, sometimes not yet conscious memory of the past. We might also be led to see Woolfian historiography from the perspective of materialist revisionism, a feminist rewriting of the past, or an infinite working through the library of her father, Leslie Stephen. Other possible perspectives would be to consider her work as that of an archivist writing against the archives of patriarchy in search of her own arkhe, or examining how she reinvents the historiographical, biographical and literary traditions. Woolf’s engagement in the history of Modernity might in turn be considered from a Benjaminian perspective, as a form of historiographical reconfiguration anticipating post-modern philosophy.

The question of Woolf’s hermeneutics of history might lead us to define the different forms of her engagement in women’s history, in the history of class, of her queering of history, her heterodoxy. We can also read her writing as a form of archeology delving into the written and non- written traces of history, attentive to the emergence of spectres and forms of survival or survivance but also as a response to what Woolf herself called, in Three Guineas, “history in the raw.” Thus addressing how Woolf arrests the kairos of historical moment, her own inscription of two world wars as if in negative, might lead us furthermore to consider her writing as a form of resistance, nonetheless steeped in the Real of history, the present and the body.

Paper proposals (a 300-word abstract with a title plus a separate biographical statement) should be sent by January 30th 2018 to Anne Besnault-Levita ( Smith-Di Biasio ( and Marie Laniel (

For more information (list of possible topics, organizing and advisory committees, selected bibliography), please click the link here.


Feminist Woolf – Aix-en-Provence, 23 sept 2017

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La Société d’Études Woolfiennes (SEW) et le projet Horizon du LERMA (Université d’Aix-Marseille) sont heureux de vous annoncer la tenue d’une journée d’étude

Feminist Woolf: New Perspectives on Woolf’s Resistance to Feminism

le 23 septembre 2017

à Aix-en-Provence, Maison de la Recherche, 29 avenue Schuman, Salle colloque 1

organisée par Nicolas Pierre Boileau (AMU) et Claire Davison (Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle).

Nous souhaitons remercier le LERMA, la SEW, le réseau Gendermed ainsi que la faculté ALLSH d’AMU pour leurs soutiens scientifique et financier.

Nous espérons vous voir nombreux à cette journée qui permettra également à certains doctorants de présenter leurs travaux.

Programme ici: Feminist Woolf_Programm

Pour tout renseignement, vous pouvez consulter le carnet de recherche du projet Horizon à l’adresse suivante:

Woolf and Community – 13 June 2017, Rome

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Virginia Woolf: the sense of community

The first round table of the Italian Virginia Woolf Society will take place on

Tuesday 13 June at 6 pm

in the garden of the Casa Internazionale delle Donne.

Speakers: Nadia Fusini, Liliana Rampello, Elisa Bolchi and Iolanda Plescia

Free entry.

Round table and workshop: Woolf and History, 4 July 2017

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Virginia Woolf and History

Round Table & Workshop,  Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes

4 July 2017, 14h-17h

La Maison de la Recherche (Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3),

4 rue des Irlandais, Paris 75005.


Participants : Catherine Bernard, Anne Besnault-Lévita, Marie Laniel, Catherine Lanone, Anne-Marie Smith-Di Biasio, Angeliki Spiropoulou, Christine Reynier

Programme here


Journée doctorale – Feminist Woolf, sept 2017

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Journée doctorale de la SEW LERMA/DEMA,  université d’Aix-Marseille, le 23 septembre 2017

Feminist Woolf: New Perspectives on Woolf’s Resistance to Feminism


‘What more fitting than to destroy an old word, a vicious and corrupt word that has done much harm in its day and is now obsolete? The word “feminist” is the word indicated’.  So speaks Virginia Woolf as she gradually brings her anti-Fascist, anti-patriarchal polemic, Three Guineas, to its rallying closing pages. And yet, although Woolf supposedly consigned ‘feminism’ to the bonfire, critics since the 1970s have been engaging specifically, even devotedly, with the feminine and feminist significance of Woolf’s work. The question proved a critical minefield. For Showalter, Woolf was a ‘saint’ in women’s literary historiography who fled from the political arena of feminism; for Toril Moi, on the contrary, Woolf was the figurehead of sexual/textual politics. Resistance from within schools of Women’s Studies, together with the opening up of Gender Studies shed light on the necessity to reconsider any unqualified judgement regarding Woolf’s relation to “feminism”, or “feminisms.” Debates thus shifted from feminine poetics or female empowerment to larger concerns with gender, sexuality and the cultural constructions of sexual relations – to the extent of proclaiming her a feminist ‘icon’ (Silver) or ‘a lightning rod for reactions to feminism’ (Snaith).  In France, meanwhile, the enduring influence of ‘écriture féminine’, psychoanalytical theory and close textual reading meant the more powerfully political or gender-rethinking  perspectives on Woolf’s writing, and indeed on Modernist writing in general, remained on the sidelines. Some French critics did address Woolf’s feminism (Regard, Manonni, Doizelet, etc.), but her work has never been addressed specifically in terms of its problematic relation to feminism by the French Society for Woolf’s Studies at their annual events (SEW,

Fifty years after the call for ‘Women’s Lib’, therefore, and nearly seventy years since Simone de Beauvoir famously omitted to mention Woolf in her iconic Le Deuxième Sexe (1949) the time seems ripe to reconsider Woolf’s feminism, in all its contradictoriness, slipperiness, and enduring – but perhaps misleading – relevance.

The Société des etudes woolfiennes together with the Horizon project ( are therefore joining forces for a day-long symposium organised and piloted by Nicolas Pierre Boileau (LERMA, AMU) and Claire Davison (Paris III). They invite PhD students to reflect on any aspect of Woolf’s feminist thinking/ stance, her resistance to feminism, and her complex understanding of the categories of woman, femininity and gender in relation to their own research.

Proposals for short papers, along with a brief biographical note, are to reach by 30 April 2017.

Confirmed speakers for the event are Jane Goldman (Glasgow, UK) and Derek Ryan (Kent, UK).


IVWS Conference 2017: Virginia Woolf and the world of books (29 June-2 July)

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Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference 2017: Virginia Woolf and the World of Books

University of Reading
Berkshire, UK
June 29 – July 2, 2017

The 27th Annual International conference on Virginia Woolf will mark the centenary of the founding of the Hogarth Press. The conference aims to celebrate Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press as a key intervention in modernist and women’s writing and to mark its importance to independent publishing and bookselling.

‘Virginia Woolf and the World of Books’ invites you to consider the past, present and future of Virginia Woolf’s works. Attendees are invited to submit papers relating to all aspects of the Woolfs, the world of books, and print cultures, including topics related to Leonard and Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press; the production, reception and distribution of Woolf’s works; editing, revision and translation; periodicals and book publishing; Woolf and her readers; global and planetary modernisms; Bloomsbury and its networks; Hogarth Press authors and illustrators; modernist publishing houses and publishers; Woolf and the Digital Humanities.

Submissions for papers are due February 1st 2017 to

Abstracts should be between 200-250 words. Please include a cover note with brief biography, affiliation, and contact details including email.

Further details can be found at

There will be day rates and reduced rates for students/non-waged available.

Please direct any enquiries to


Des nouvelles d’Italie: un festival littéraire et un faire-part de naissance

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Elisa Bolchi nous annonce la tenue d’un festival littéraire ‘Il Faro in una stanza’ (‘Le phare dans une chambre’) à Monza, près de Milan du 25 au 27 novembre 2016.

Détails ici:


Par ailleurs, une Société italienne d’études woolfiennes vient d’être créée par Elisa Bolchi (Catholic University of Milan), Nadia Fusini (Italian Institute of Human Sciences, Florence, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa) et Liliana Rampello (Université de Bologne).

Espérons que cette initiative pourra donner lieu à des collaborations futures !


Virginia Woolf in Cambridge – Summer courses, July 2017

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5 days’ intensive study of Virginia Woolf at Homerton College, Cambridge

A rich programme of lectures, Cambridge-style supervisions (tutorials), excursions, and talks. With some communal meals.
We welcome teachers, students, academics, as well as the ‘common readers’ that Woolf herself so valued.

First week: 16-21 July 2017. Theme: Woolf’s Rooms

Further information here:

Second week: 23 -28 July 2017. Theme: Reading Bloomsbury.

Further information here:


Historical Modernisms Symposium, Dec. 2016

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Historical Modernisms Symposium

Monday 12 – Tuesday 13 December 2016, Senate House

Counter to the conventional perception of modernism as ahistorical, there have been recent academic and critical efforts to historicize it. The Historical Modernism Symposium seeks to contribute to this trend by inviting readings of modern/ist literature and avant-garde art movements in the historical contexts of their production and reception, while assessing their entanglement with history and modernity transnationally.
The symposium aims to look at the history of modernism and the avant-gardes in relation to and their place in (literary and art) History, addressing questions of their relation with modern times, raised, for example, by colonialism; nationalism; globalisation; economics; politics; tradition; technology; urbanism, classicism; mythology; mysticism; religion; psychology/psychoanalysis.

Importantly, it will examine pertinent philosophies of time, historiographical practices and representations of local and world historical events, such as the two World Wars, the Russian  Revolution and the rise of Fascism.
Finally, it will also investigate modernist concepts of the spirit of the times as well as new notions of and approaches to literary history.
A core question posed by the symposium topic is how a modernist aesthetics of innovation transformed history in ways that make modernism not just a history of the present moment but also the history of our present.

For further information click here: