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Woolf scholars have long debated how context – whether historical, cultural, or theoretical – is to be understood in relation to her work, and how her work produces new insights into context. Drawing on an international field of leading and emergent specialists, this collection provides an authoritative resource for contemporary Woolf scholarship that explores the distinct and overlapping dimensions of her writings. Rather than survey existing scholarship, these essays extend Woolf studies in new directions by examining how the author is contextualized today. The collection also highlights connections between Woolf and key cultural, political, and historical issues of the twentieth century such as avant-gardism in music and art, developments in journalism and the publishing industry, political struggles over race, gender, and class, and the bearings of colonialism, empire, and war.
Jane Goldman, Bryony Randall, Michael Whitworth, Mark Hussey, Pam Morris, Anne Fernald, Claire Colebrook, Lisa Coleman, Sanja Bahun, Sonita Sarker, Morgne (Patricia) Cramer, Randall Stevenson, Jane Lilienfeld, Kathryn Simpson, Elena Gualtieri, Judith Allen, Anna Snaith, Heidi Stalla, David Bradshaw, Bonnie Kime Scott, Holly Henry, Suzanne Bellamy, Emma Sutton, Maggie Humm, Beth Wright, Drew Shannon, James Stewart, Perry Meisel, Madelyn Detloff, Ian Blyth, Derek Ryan, Carole Bourne-Taylor, Darya Protopopova, Thaine Stearns, Margaret Homans, Vassiliki Kolocotroni, Linden Peach, Ruth Hoberman, Jessica Berman
These articles can be viewed and downloaded free of charge until 30 June 2013.
List of articles:
« Virginia Woolf’s Second Visit to Greece », Martin Ferguson Smith, Volume 92, Issue 1, 2011.
« Structure and Anti-Structure: Virginia Woolf’s Feminist Politics and “The Mark on the Wall” », Magdalen Wing-chi Ki, Volume 91, Issue 4, 2010.
« Modernism, Memory, and Desire: T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf », Charles Armstrong, Volume 90, Issue 3, 2009
« Women Knitting: Domestic Activity, Writing, and Distance in Virginia Woolf’s Fiction », Sayaka Okumura, Volume 89, Issue 2, 2008.
« Virginia Woolf and the Chimes of Big Ben », Jörg Hasler, Volume 63, Issue 2, 1982.
« Virginia Woolf’s ‘Kew Gardens’ », John Oakland, Volume 68, Issue 3, 1987.
traduction et édition nouvelles de Michel Cusin,
avec la collaboration d’Adolphe Haberer,
Gallimard, « Folio Classique »,
448 p., 6 ¤ 50
A l’occasion de la sortie de la Pléiade Woolf, France Culture consacre une série d’émissions à Virginia Woolf dans le cadre des « Nouveaux chemins de la connaissance »:
Du 16 au 20 avril, de 10h à 11h
Avec, entre autres, la participation de: Catherine Bernard, Anne-Marie Smith-Di Biasio, Chritine Reynier.
Programme à consulter ici: France culture avril 2012
À l’occasion de la sortie en Pléiade de l’œuvre romanesque de Virginia Woolf, Le Magazine Littéraire consacre son dossier à cette grande figure de la littérature britannique du XXe siècle. En kiosque le 29 mars.
Avec des contributions de: Frédérique Amselle, Christine Reynier, Frédéric Regard, Catherine Bernard, Daniel Ferrer, Chantal Delourme, Catherine Lanone.
Et un bref entretien avec Claire Pégon-Davison.
Texte de présentation du dossier: ici
Et sommaire: ici
Édition sous la direction de Jacques Aubert
Préface : Gisèle Venet
Traducteur : un collectif de traducteurs
3104 pages, 23 ill., rel. Peau, 105 x 170 mm
Cette édition propose, dans des traductions pour la plupart nouvelles, tous les livres de fiction publiés par Woolf ou, pour Entre les actes, au lendemain de sa mort : dix romans, et un recueil de nouvelles, Lundi ou mardi, qui n’avait jamais été traduit dans notre langue en l’état. S’y ajoutent les nouvelles publiées par l’auteur mais jamais rassemblées par elle, ainsi qu’un large choix de nouvelles demeurées inédites de son vivant. Les nouvelles éparses qui présentent un lien génétique ou thématique avec un roman sont réunies dans une section Autour placée à la suite de ce roman.
Texte de présentation: ici
Elizabeth WRIGHT, Brief Lives: Virginia Woolf, Hesperus Press Ltd, 2011. ISBN: 9781843919094
Elizabeth Wright’s new biography sheds light on the life and writing of one of the foundational authors of twentieth-century British and European fiction and explodes some of the commonly held myths.
Virginia Woolf is considered to be one of the key Modernist writers of the early twentieth century, through her experimental fiction such as Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and The Waves (1931), but she is also known as a prolific essayist, publishing hundreds of articles and reflective reviews including two notable volumes entitled The Common Reader (1925 and 1932). Her longer essays, ‘A Room of One’s Own’ (1929) and ‘Three Guineas’ (1938), stand as some of the most convincing and influential feminist tracts ever written.
Her colourful circle of family and friends, known as The Bloomsbury Group, consisted of leading writers, thinkers, artists and performers and Elizabeth Wright scours their letters, along with Woolf’s diaries and memoir papers, to illuminate the mind of a literary genius.
Press release: Brief Lives
Virginia WOOLF, On Fiction, Hesperus Press Ltd, 2011.
‘Here, then, very briefly and with inevitable simplification, an attempt is made to show the mind at work upon a shelf full of novels and to watch it as it chooses and rejects, making itself a dwelling-place in accordance with its own appetites. Of these appetites, perhaps, the simplest is the desire to believe wholly and entirely in something which is fictitious.’
Her readings sensitive, her prose style elegant, authoritative and at times thoroughly opinionated, who better equipped than Virginia Woolf to ruminate on the art of fiction? In this selection of lesser-known essays on reading and storytelling, Woolf turns her critical gaze on treasured favourites including ‘the four great women novelists – Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot’, and unearths some less familiar talents. Her discussion of differing approaches to reading is characteristically forward-thinking, and pinpoints the joys of this favourite pastime, in all its guises.
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Catherine BERNARD (ed.), Woolf as Reader / Woolf as Critic : The Art of Reading in the Present, Coll. Present Perfect, Presses Universitaires de la Méditerrannée, 2011. ISBN 978-2-84269-922-2
Although she is still best known for her work as a novelist and short story writer, Virginia Woolf ranks among the most inventive and thought-provoking essayists of the Modernist canon. Throughout her productive and far-ranging career as an essayist, she worked towards a redefinition of the compass of literature and of the complex economy of reading. As this collection of essays tends to show, reading, essay-writing and fiction all contributed equally in her eyes to the reinvention of literature in the present. Reading and writing as a visionary, Woolf wrote in the name of a common reader who would also, in the present, herald a renewed literary contract between writer, text and reader. As shown in the present collection, her definition of literature was both utopian and profoundly anchored in the present, both inspired by the long history of literature and looking forward to a future in the making.
Encompassing a vast tract of her career as an essayist and especially lesser-known essays, this collection highlights Woolf’s unique capacity to blur the limits of fiction and essay-writing, and to transform the art of reading into a utopian practice. Writing in the present, she knew she was also accountable to the common reader to come and to the very genius of literature.
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