According to Madelyn Detloff of Miami University, there are no hard and fast lines drawn between ‘lesbian and gay studies’ Woolfians and ‘queer studies’ Woolfians.
She made her point during a recent discussion about the topic on the VWoolf Listserv.
The discussion was kicked off by a question from Ann Marie Lindsey, student at the CUNY Graduate Center. As a student in Mary Ann Caws’ Art and Literature in Bloomsbury course, Lindsey asked how current queer studies scholars view Virginia Woolf and/or the Bloomsbury set.
The resulting conversation became a bit heated at times. But in between, the following contributions to a bibliography on the topic were offered by participants.
And organizers of the 2010 Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf promise to continue the discussion at the June 3-7 gathering at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.
- Julie Taddeo, “A Modernist Romance? Lytton Strachey and the Women of Bloomsbury.” Unmanning Modernism: Gendered Re-Readings. Eds. Harrison and Peterson (1997).
- Karyn Sproles. Desiring Women: The Partnership of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. U Toronto P. 2006.
Tirza Latimer and Jane Marie Garrity. “Queer Cross Gender Collaborations.” The Cambridge Gay and Lesbian Companion to Literature. 2010.
Robert Martin and George Piggffford, eds. Queer Forster. U of Chicago Press. 1997.
Christopher Reed. Bloomsbury Rooms: Modernism, Subculture, and Domesticity. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.
____. “Bloomsbury Bashing: Homophobia and the Politics of Criticism in the Eighties.” Genders 11 (1991): 58-80.
____. “Making History: The Bloomsbury Group’s Construction of Aesthetic and Sexual Identity.” Gay and Lesbian Studies in Art History. Ed. Whitney Davis. Binghamton: Haworth Press, 1994. 189-224.
Georgia Johnston. The Formation of 20th-Century Queer Autobiography: Reading Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf, Hilda Doolittle, and Gertrude Stein. 2007.
Brenda Helt. “Passionate Debates on ‘Odious Subjects’: Bisexuality and Woolf’s Opposition to Theories of Androgyny and Sexual Identity.” Twentieth-Century Literature. Expected publication date: 2010.
Anne Hermann. Queering the Moderns. Palgrave Macmillan. 2000.
- Kathryn Simpson. “‘Queer Fish’: Woolf’s Writing of Desire Between Women in The Voyage Out and Mrs Dalloway.” Woolf Studies Annual 9 (2003). 55-82.
- Erica Delsandro, “‘Myself—It was Impossible’: Queering History in Between the Acts.” Woolf Studies Annual 13 (2007). 87-109.
- D. A. Boxwell, “‘In the Urinal’: Woolf Around Gay Men.” Virginia Woolf and Her Influences: Selected Papers from the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Jeanette McVicker & Laura Davis (Pace UP 1998). 173-78.
- David Eberly, “Talking it All Out: Homosexual Disclosure in Woolf.” Virginia Woolf: Themes and Variations. Selected Papers from the Second Annual Conference. Ed Vara Neverow-Turk & Mark Hussey (Pace UP 1993).
- Madelyn Detloff. The Persistence of Modernism: Loss and Mourning in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge UP. 2009.