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Virginia Woolf will be well-represented at the MLA Annual Convention, Jan. 9-12, 2014, in Chicago. Thanks to Leslie Hankins, president of the International Virginia Woolf Society, for sending along the MLA Program 2014program details.

I also want to draw your attention to panel 47: The Decade Modernism Forgot: The 1930s, moderated by Woolf scholar Erica Delsandro of Bucknell University. It is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 9, from 1:45 – 3 p.m. in Chicago G, of the Chicago Marriott and features these panelists:

  1. “Hiding Inside the Whale,” Calum Chechie, Univ. of Oxford, Saint Catherine’s Coll.
  2. “Joyce’s Nightmare of History in George Orwell’s The Cloergyman’s Daughter,” Ruth S. Hoberman, Eastern Illinois Univ.
  3. “The Orphan decade: Elizabeth Bowen’s 1930s Novels,” Anna Teekell, Lincoln Memorial Univ.

Now for the Woolf panels:

Thursday, Jan. 9

 Time: 7–8:15 p.m.

183. Woolf, Wittgenstein, and Ordinary Language
BELMONT Chicago Marriott

Program arranged by the International Virginia Woolf Society

Presiding: Madelyn Detloff, Miami Univ., Oxford; Gaile Pohlhaus, Miami
Univ., Oxford
1. “Woolf, Wittgenstein, and Nonsense: The Voyage Out as Therapy,”
Megan M. Quigley, Villanova Univ.
2. “‘Stand Roughly Here': Woolf, Keynes, and Ordinary Language in the
1930s,” Alice Keane, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
3. “Dumb Colloquy: The Aesthetics of Conversation and Conversational
Aesthetics of To the Lighthouse,” Erin Greer, Univ. of California,
Berkeley
For abstracts, contact detlofmm@miamioh.edu.

Time: 8:45-10 p.m.

All IVWS members are invited to attend the SHARP cash bar on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 8:45-10pm in the Chicago IX room at the Sheraton. [SHARP = Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing; the IVWS has a joint panel with them Friday.

Friday, Jan. 10

Time: 5:15–6:30 p.m.

398. Virginia Woolf and Book History
McHenry, Chicago Marriott
Program arranged by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing and the International Virginia Woolf Society
Presiding: Leslie Kathleen Hankins, Cornell Coll.
1. “A Library of Her Own: Virginia Stephen’s Books,” Beth Rigel Daugherty, Otterbein Univ.
2. “An Experiment in Form and Content: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf’s Monday or Tuesday,” Amanda Miller, Duquesne Univ.
3. “Blank Spaces: The Hogarth Press and ‘Lost’ Women Publishers,” Alice E. Staveley, Stanford Univ.
Respondent: Karen V. Kukil, Smith Coll.
For abstracts, visit sharpweb.org.

Saturday, Jan. 11

Time: 3:30–4:45 p.m.

609. Virginia Woolf and London’s Colonial Writers
Belmont Chicago Marriott
Program arranged by the International Virginia Woolf Society
Presiding: Elizabeth F. Evans, Univ. of Notre Dame
1. “Virginia Woolf, the Hogarth Press, and South African Modernism,” Laura A. Winkiel, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
2. “Virginia Woolf, Mulk Raj Anand, and the Novel of Political Transition,” Jeannie Im, New York Univ.
3. “Virginia Woolf’s Caribbean Connections,” Mary Lou Emery, Univ. of Iowa
For abstracts, contact evansef@gmail.com

Read more about Dining with Virginia at the MLA, a Saturday evening dinner event limited to the first 30 respondents.

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Thirty of Virginia Woolf’s closest friends will dine together at the International Virginia Woolf Society mla2014-logodinner party at MLA in Chicago, the evening of Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6:15 p.m. at Shaw’s Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St.

The meal will follow the Virginia Woolf and London’s Colonial Writers panel, which ends around 4:45 or
5 p.m.  The dinner at Shaw’s is set for 6:15 p.m., and diners will have a room of their own, the Oyster Hall of Fame room.

Menu: Choice of five entrees: grilled salmon, Maryland crab cakes, chicken, vegetarian cous cous, and others.  The meal will include soup, salad, entrée and dessert—as well as wines.

The cost per individual is $55. The IVWS will contribute wine, the gratuity, and subsidize $20 of the individual price for graduate students. If you mentor graduate students, consider inviting them to the dinner and bringing them along.

Please email ivwsociety@gmail.com with the subject heading “MLA DINNER” right away, as the first 30 to make reservations will be the lucky ones at the party. First come, first served!

Meanwhile the wineglasses had flushed yellow and flushed crimson; had been emptied; had been filled – Virginia Woolf

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This is the last call to submit a panel topic for the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago, scheduled for Jan. 9-12, top_mla_logo2014. The deadline was slightly extended due to individuals having the flu.

The International Virginia Woolf Society will have one guaranteed panel, and the group can submit one additional panel, as it did for the 2013 MLA Convention in Boston with the Katherine Mansfield Society. It may also (as for this past MLA with the Joseph Conrad Society) collaborate with another Allied Organization and submit a third panel.

Organizers would like to continue the tradition of submitting multiple excellent panel proposals. Note that this is a call for panels, not individual paper proposals. Please submit only one topic.

What you should submit:

  1. a 35-word description (word count includes title)
  2. the name(s) and contact information of the proposed organizer(s). [email addresses required.] Note: It can be quite helpful to have more than one organizer, especially if seasonal illness strikes

Submit to Leslie Kathleen Hankins electronically at lhankins@cornellcollege.edu or by mail. Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. The topic line should read: Woolf MLA 2014.

Deadline: Jan. 15 for the receipt of proposals.

The IVWS will vote on the resulting proposals in January, so as to meet MLA deadlines.

If you wish to propose your own special session outside of the IVWS process, please go to the MLA website, http://www.mla.org.

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The International Virginia Woolf Society is issuing a call for proposals for the Virginia Woolf panel at the 2013 Modern Language Association Conference in Boston Jan. 3-6.

The proposal garnering the most votes from the IVWS will be part of the 2013 MLA conference program. The runner-up will be submitted by the IVWS to the MLA as a second panel, which MLA may or may not approve. IVWS voting on the proposals will be completed in November, so as to meet MLA deadlines. A call will then go out to the society for papers to be submitted for the panels.

A panel proposal should include:

  1.  A 35 word description (word count includes title)
  2. The name(s) and contact information of the proposed organizer(s).

Submit to Georgia Johnston by email at IVWSociety@gmail.com or U.S. mail at Georgia Johnston, Department of English, Adorjan 127
Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63108.

Electronic submission is strongly preferred. Email submissions should have Woolf MLA 2013 in the subject line.

Deadline:  Monday, Oct.31, 2011, for the receipt of panel proposals.

To propose your own special session outside of the IVWS process, please visit the MLA website.

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The International Virginia Woolf Society has issued two calls for papers to be delivered at the 2012 Modern Language Association Convention in Seattle, Wash.

  • “Institutional Woolf” will address Virginia Woolf’s paradoxical relationship to academic institutions in her fiction, prose and posthumous status in the canon. Please send 250 word abstracts by March 1 to Amanda.golden@emory.edu. This International Virginia Woolf Society panel will appear in the MLA program.
  • “Women of the Woolf: Influence, Affinity, Obscurity” will explore Virginia Woolf’s literary, aesthetic or epistemological influence on early-twentieth-century women writers and artists (defined broadly) now far less known than she. Interdisciplinary and transatlantic/transnational engagements are encouraged. Please note that this panel is sponsored by the IVWS but will need to go through MLA program review to be accepted. Please send 500-word abstracts to Brenda Helt at helt0010@umn.edu by March 15.

In other news, the deadline for the Call for Papers for the 21st Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf is Feb. 1. The conference theme is “Contradictory Woolf.” The conference will be held June 9-12, 2011. Twitter hashtag for conference: #woolf21

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top_mla_logoThe International Virginia Woolf Society traditionally sponsors two panels at the MLA Convention each year. Proposals for the MLA’s 125th annual convention, which will be held in Philadelphia Dec. 27 to 30 this year, are due March 15.

Abstracts for the following Woolf panels are being accepted:

  • Twenty-First-Century Woolf. A panel discussing Woolf’s continued relevance in and for the new century. According to conference organizers, topics might include transnationalism, new feminisms, the current wars, emerging commercial strategies, blogs and the common reader and more. Abstracts should total 300-500-words and be sent to Elizabeth Outka, panel chair, at eoutka@richmond.edu by March 15.
  • The Uses of Illness: Woolf and Medical Narratives. Illness is a dominant theme in Woolf’s work. This panel explores her narrative strategies writing illness, including the physical, psychological, social and ethical. Abstracts of 500 words are due by March 15 to David Eberly, panel chair, at david.eberly@chtrust .org. Use the subject line “Woolf MLA Panel.”

For more details on the MLA Calls for Papers, click here.

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Knole HouseDesire and property. They seem to go together. But each will be the topic of a separate panel on Virginia Woolf at the 2008 Modern Language Association Convention in San Francisco this year.

Details of the call for papers follow.

Call for Papers for MLA 2008

The International Virginia Woolf Society will conduct two panel sessions at the 2008 MLA Convention in San Francisco.

  1. “Troping the Light Fantastic: Woolf’s Use of Desire and Pleasure.” Discussions of the use of desire, pleasure, and intimacy to treat topics rarely associated with sex and sexuality: creativity, inspiration, epistemology, politics, spirituality. Abstracts of 500 words or less due by March 15, by e-mail to Brenda Helt at helt00010@umn.edu.
  2. “Orlando ‘s ‘house was no longer hers entirely': Property in Virginia Woolf.” This panel seeks new theoretical or socio-historical approaches to representations of real, personal, and intellectual property in Woolf’s fiction, non-fiction, and biographical materials. Abstracts of 500
    words or less due by March 15, by e-mail to Jamie McDaniel at jlm25@case.edu.

Get all the details about the 2008 MLA Convention Call for Papers.

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