Editor’s Note: Emma Slotterback is a student at Bloomsburg University who is writing a series of articles for Blogging Woolf in advance of the 25th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries, which will be held June 4-7 at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa. This is the second article in the series.

By Emma Slotterback

One of our goals threaded within the conference planning was to ensure that we are encouraging future25th annual conference generations of Woolf scholars. With this in mind, we extended our call for papers invitation to not only the Bloomsburg University undergraduates, but also undergraduates across the country. To do this, we emailed a number of universities and asked if their undergraduates would be interested in presenting papers at the conference. We received excellent feedback from faculty and students, and received a number of undergraduate abstracts. Bloomsburg University students were also thrilled to hear about this opportunity and immediately started working on paper proposals.

After accepting a number of undergraduate abstracts, we were able to develop undergraduate panels that are going to run alongside the scholarly panels. Like the scholarly panels, the undergraduate students will be introduced, will read their papers, and then have a free-form discussion afterwards with other undergraduates as well as other conference attendees. The undergraduates were also given the opportunity to chair other undergraduate panels. We believe this to be a very enriching experience, especially for those that have never attended an international, scholarly event such as this.

Each undergraduate panel will be providing a space for developing ideas and for demonstrating the knowledge these students have gained throughout their undergraduate experiences. Some of the Bloomsburg undergraduate students were enrolled in English courses over the last semester that included Virginia Woolf and her female contemporaries within their course schedule. Many students read these modernists and were able to take those class discussions further with this conference.

Eleven different universities will be represented within the undergraduate corner of the conference and this incredible group of undergraduates have been communicating since they received their acceptances. Some have contacted each other about rooming together, while others have held meetings with each other to discuss their papers and practice their public speaking. The conference is able to encourage these students to build relationships among one another as well as branch out and introduce themselves to scholars and graduate students. The intellectual experience these students will gain cannot be paralleled and we hope it will encourage them to continue on with their studies of modernism, feminism, Woolf, and her female contemporaries.

Below is a comment from Elisa Kay Sparks and a link to her review of Woolf Works.

Dear All-
I’ve finished my review/ explication of Woolf Works, the new Wayne MacGregor ballet I was lucky enough to get to see in London.  All the time I was watching it, I was wishing all of you were in the audience with me; this is the best I could do to make that so.  At the end I’ve added links to a lot of the reviews which have photographs of the performance and to a series of videos that show the dancers in rehearsal as well as  conversations among the choreographers, dancers, and dramaturg.

Study Woolf: Review of Woolf Works, Royal Opera House, May 13, 2015.

Editor’s Note: Emma Slotterback is a student at Bloomsburg University who is writing a series of articles for Blogging Woolf in advance of the 25th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries, which will be held June 4-7 at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa. This is the first article in the series.

By Emma Slotterback  


Dr. Tina Entzminger, chair of the Bloomsburg University English Department, with a book discussion group at the Emporium.

The Bookstore and the Shops at the Emporium have long been a haven for Bloomsburg’s off-beat types. Walk in on a Saturday morning and you’ll find friends in flowing skirts discussing the latest local novel, university students grabbing a cup of coffee, and children riffling through shelves of kindly-used fantasy novels.

On Thursday evenings this March and April, the Bookstore was filled with a different sort of off-beat type: students and teachers of modernist literature. Bloomsburg University English Department chair Tina Entzminger, in coordination with the 25th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, organized a series of lectures and discussions about Virginia Woolf and her female contemporaries.

Over cups of coffee, tea, and homemade malted milk balls, Bloomsburg faculty, students, and town residents discussed writers such as Djuna Barnes, Nella Larsen, Dorothy Richardson, Gertrude Stein, and of course Virginia Woolf herself. Guided by the knowledge of the English faculty, we discussed the larger questions posed by these women’s work: how should autobiography inform our interpretation of an artist’s work? Was Stein’s ego as large as Ernest Hemingway’s or was she poking fun? Is £500 and a room of one’s own really enough to become a self-actualized artist? Some discussions highlighted male and female inequality, while other discussions focused on queer theory and its implications within a certain story.Bloomsburg book group

By hosting these reading groups, we hoped to embody the spirit of Woolf’s idea of the “common reader,” appealing to both the scholar-critic and the lay reader in pursuit of the simple pleasure of reading. One of our most dedicated participants was a woman enrolled in adult literacy courses, who tested her new skills with challenging material. The connections formed in the Bookstore this spring demonstrate the ability of Virginia Woolf’s work to appeal to all readers.

Monk’s House from the rear

I saw the item below on Twitter today. It identified the shot as being “Virginia Woolf’s front porch in full bloom.”

It’s not, of course. The photo really depicts the attached greenhouse at the rear of Monk’s House in Rodmell, Sussex. But it’s a pretty shot nonetheless, so I’m adding it here, with thanks to @maisie_rs for loving Virginia Woolf enough to post it.

Thanks goes to @louisbarabbas on Twitter for the news about this song based on Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and written especially for Manchester After Hours for the 90th anniversary of the 1925 novel.

Musicians from Debt Records took part in the open recording of the song, which writers Louis Barabbas and Felix Hagan call “something of a tug-of-war between light and dark.” It was recorded in the Henry Watson Music Room at Manchester Central Library on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

A literary soundtrack inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway from The Paris Review, July 24, 2012.

Russian film director Daria Darinskaya has made a film trailer for Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, and it was short-listed in a Russian competition that asked film makers to feature their favorite book.

“I’m a film director and I’ve always dreamed to make screening of it, but I didn’t know how, before this contest,” said Darinskaya, who plays Woolf and Rhoda in the trailer.

“It just occurred to me one day – the light suddenly turns off and the six heroes are lost in the darkness with only their flashlights in their smartphones (like the first title of the novel, ‘The Moths’). They are trying to fix the electricity and waiting for their friend Percival. I think The Waves contains the answers for all our life. I wanted to show that the six heroes of The Waves are like us – they’re common people who feel common things, but they just speak with the words from the novel.”

She is planning a full-length film adaptation of The Waves, according to the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain’s Facebook page.


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