The Reading Room in Dallas, Texas, is hosting an exhibition with a title taken from Virginia Woolf’s “The Modern Essay” (1925).
“never to be yourself and yet always – that is the problem” will be presented by the collective (wo)manorial through March 1.
The group exhibition addresses the endless doubts and beliefs, searches and frustrations, manipulations and attempts to be honest with art and with ourselves, questioning the freedom that gives pleasure but also uncertainty.
It is open on Saturdays and by appointment.
The Reading Room is a project space located at 3715 Parry Ave., Dallas dedicated to text and image.
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A carefully selected collection of relatively recent Woolf sightings from around the Web, starting with Vogue.
- Vogue describes Felicity Jones as “massive fan of Virginia Woolf” who is part of “a new cool British intelligentsia – the Bloomsbury Set relocated to twenty-first-century east London.”
- Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector: Looked like Dietrich, wrote like Virginia Woolf. Read more.
- George Saunders says Virginia Woolf’s prose is more difficult to read than his own.
- Susan Langford of Britain’s Magic Me needs “A Room of My Own, as Virginia Woolf put it” to achieve her goals.
- A story on more women journalists covering cricket invokes Virginia Woolf.
- Virginia Woolf’s questions about women, writing and gender discrimination are still relevant today.
- Stylistic influence of Virginia Woolf present in stream-of-consciousness sections of Zadie Smith’s new book “The Embassy of Cambodia.”
- “Finnegan’s Wake” performance compared to Virginia Woolf’s “The Docks of London.”
- Leibowitz exhibit with Woolf photo in Illinois. Get details.
- Virginia Woolf memorably described T. S. Eliot’s wife, Vivien, as like “a bag of ferrets” that Eliot was condemned to wear around his neck.
- Anne Olivier Bell, editor of Virginia Woolf’s Diary, in this NPR broadcast about The Monuments Men.
- Virginia Woolf on the shelves of Pratt’s Special Collections
- Virginia Woolf meets Bridget Jones, Sherlock Holmes in literary London mashup.
- Feminists edit women into Wikipedia.
- Virginia Woolf and cricket: A connection. Read more.
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A Bloomsbury cookbook promising a combination of food, life, love and art, will be available in hardcover on April 22.
The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art by Jans Ondaatje Rolls offers more than 180 recipes — some handwritten and never before published — from Frances Partridge, Helen Anrep and David and Angelica Garnett. The recipes, according to publisher Thames & Hudson, promise to “take us into the very heart” the world of the Bloomsbury Group by recreating mealtime atmospheres at locations such as Monk’s House, Charleston Farmhouse and Gordon Square.
The publisher is billing the book as more than a cookbook. Its photographs, letters, journals and paintings will contribute a social history angle as well. It is priced at £24.95.
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The literature rating website RateMyWords.com is running its first competition. Its subject is #VirginiaWoolf’s life and work. The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain will judge the competition. All genres of literature are welcome – short story, essay, poem, song, etc.
The #RateMyWords ‘Virginia Woolf Writing Competition’ opened for entries on Jan. 25, which would have been Virginia Woolf’s 132nd birthday, and will close on Feb. 25, 2014.
Winners will be announced on RateMyWords.com on March 25, 2014. RateMyWords has pledged to donate all profits to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.
Read about the prizes and conditions for entry below:
1st: £200, a digital Competition Winner’s Medal, posting in the RateMyWords Hall of Fame
2nd: £100, a digital Medal, posting in Hall of Fame
3rd: £50, a digital Medal, posting in Hall of Fame
• Each registered user may enter work in any genre with a maximum of 1,500 words per work.
• All work must be previously unpublished (including on RateMyWords).
• The entry fee will be £3, payable through PayPal.
• Closing date is Feb. 25, 2014: no entries will be accepted after this date.
• Entries will be submitted anonymously to the judging panel and their decision will be final.
• Winners will be announced on March 25, 2014, on RateMyWords.com and their works will be displayed in the website’s Hall of Fame.
• RateMyWords will publish on Twitter and Facebook links to the three winning works.
• 10 percent of all entry fees will go to Book Aid International.
• Any profits will be donated to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.
For more information and instructions on how to enter, please go to www.ratemywords.com/competition
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Lucky us. If we couldn’t be in London for the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain’s Annual Birthday Lecture in honor of Woolf, we can still catch it online — in its entirety.
Listen to Woolf biographer Hermione Lee’s fascinating lecture, “To pin down the moment with date and season.” In it, she talks about the importance of memorable dates in Woolf’s fiction and in her life.
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Originally posted on SuchFriends Blog:
…in England, The Egoist magazine runs the first of 25 instalments of “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” by Irish writer James Joyce, who turns 32 on this date. Dora Marsden, one month younger, had founded The New Freewoman suffragette magazine the year before, but American poet Ezra Pound, 28, had convinced her to change the name and start publishing modern writers like Joyce.
Pound had discovered Joyce’s work the previous year through his new best friend, poet William Butler Yeats, 48. They have been living and working in Stone Cottage in Sussex, with Pound helping Yeats because his eyesight is failing.
Joyce is working as an English teacher in Trieste, Italy, having his work rejected by publishers in Ireland and England. His partner, Nora Barnacle, 29, takes care of their son Giorgio, 9, and daughter Lucia, 7, and puts up with Joyce’s drinking and ever-wilder schemes to make money, including running the first cinema in Dublin, during his frequent trips back home.
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As it turns out, sound studies in Virginia Woolf is a fairly new field. And in response to a query on the VWoolf Listserv, “the ‘sound in Mrs. Dalloway‘ article is yet to be writtten,” according to Anne Fernald, whose Cambridge Edition of the novel will soon be published by Cambridge University Press.
Interestingly, back in 2011, a student in one of Fernald’s classes at Fordham University wrote a blog essay titled “Allerseelen and Mrs. Dalloway,” in which she explores the eponymous street song in the novel.
A book newly published by Edinburgh University Press, Virginia Woolf and Classical Music: Politics, Aesthetics, Form (2013), offers an overview of the young adult Stephens’ exposure to music — from opera to the gramophone. Author Emma Sutton then follows Woolf into her married life to document her musical tastes and point out how, “To many of Woolf’s early reviewers, the parallels between (contemporary) music and her work were self-evident” (15).
Sutton also provides detailed commentaries on Woolf’s allusions to classical repertoire and composers in her novels and considers the formal influence of music on Woolf’s prose and narrative techniques. And as one Listserv reader pointed out, the bibliography of Sutton’s work would prove an invaluable resource on Woolf and sound.
Respondents to the list also recommended the following resources for a study of Woolf and sound:
- Crapoulet, Emilie.Virginia Woolf: A Musical Life. No. 50. Price £7.50
- J. Hillis Miller’s chapter in Fiction and Repetition
- Anna Snaith’s work on sound in general
- Cristina Ruotolo on music
- Rishona Zimring on social dance
- Also look for stray comments on the backfiring car and music in others’ work
- Look for more music in the draft version of the novel, reprinted as “The Hours.” Stravinsky is mentioned at the party (341), and Joseph Breitkopf’s favorite song is identified.
- Pamela Caughie’s scholarship on sound, including her piece in Virginia Woolf in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (2000).
- Melba Cuddy-Keane’s “Modernist Soundscapes and the Intelligent Ear: An Approach to Narrative Theory through Auditory Perception,” in A Companion to Narrative Theory. Ed. Phelan and Rabinowitz, pub. in 2005. The chapter addresses the “increased auditory awareness” that results from “urban soundscapes” in Woolf’s short fiction and novels; Cuddy-Keane frames her discussion as part of her larger project “to promote the development of a critical methodology and a vocabulary for analyzing narrative representations of sound” (382). Although the essay contains only one page directly addressing MD, it’s very useful for thinking about sound in Woolf’s urban landscapes.
- Rishona Zimring’s essay about sound in The Years: “Suggestions of Other Worlds: The Art of Sound in The Years.” Woolf Studies Annual 8 (2002).
- Angela Frattarola’s “Developing an Ear for the Modernist Novel: Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, and James Joyce” in the Journal of Modern Literature 33.1 (2009).
- Garrett Stewart’s chapter on The Waves in his Reading Voices
- “The Modern Auditory I,” by Steven Connor, in Rewriting the Self: Histories from the Renaissance to the Present, ed. by Roy Porter (Routledge 1997). Many writers are discussed, including Joyce and Beckett, but there’s also a short paragraph on Mrs. Dalloway.
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