There were 40-plus references to Virginia Woolf in the news during the past 10 days. I don’t know if that is because it is Women’s History Month or because this is the month in which she died, but the hits have been flooding in. Here’s the list:
- Lesbian relationship examined in writer’s literature, The Ranger
Rando uses novels from Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, John Dos Passos and Virginia Woolf to explore how their writings established experimental space to represent experiences with hope and faithfulness. He introduced his lecture by saying he approaches . . .
- Book Review: Five Bells by Gail Jones, Blogcritics.org (blog)
… the most well-developed character, imagines the arc of Circular Quay, to the circular ending where she is falling asleep imagining the Quay and trying to remember to phone her old lover James, the book reminded me of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves.
- Children to be seen and heard at last, The Guardian
To reconcile this awkward fact, Virginia Woolf came up with a neat analytical formula. The Alice books, she said, are not “books for children. They are the only books in which we become children.” Arguably, not until Dahl do we find a writer – at heart . . .
- Between The Covers: 13/03/2011, Independent
George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando climbed 10000 places last year having been discussed on My Life in Books. Will this, and the strong audiences for both programmes, convince the BBC that every year should be a year of books?
- Jude Dibia returns with ‘Blackbird’, NEXT
My literal influences include Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and a handful of African writers like Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta and Cyprian Ekwensi. My first career high point . . .
- US Supreme Court Takes On Landmark Fair Use Case, Publishers Weekly
Holder, that questions the constitutionality of a federal statute that restored copyright protection to thousands of foreign works, including symphonies by Shostakovich and Stravinsky, books byVirginia Woolf, artwork by Picasso, and films by Fellini . . .
- Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Essential Texts in Feminist Theory, ILAB
From Mary Wollstonecraft to Virginia Woolf to Simone Beauvoir to “Mad Man”. Some snippets: “An 18th century work that argues for the education of women for the betterment of society. It was one of the first works to view men and women as equal and . . .
- On International Women’s Day we ask who has been the most influential for you?, News Shopper
… think has been the most influential, but there are of course many others you may also think deserve a mention, such as Marie Curie, Margaret Thatcher, Anne Frank, Annie Oakley, Enid Blyton, Diana Princess of Wales, Virginia Woolf, the list goes on. . . .
- Leona Lewis: London’s most influential woman of past century?, stv.tv
As well as Thatcher, Pankhurst and Di, Lewis’s competition for the honour included the likes of Virginia Woolf, Millicent Fawcett, Tracey Emin, Judi Dench, Diane Abbott and Vivienne Westwood. However, their achievements appear to have meant little for . . .
- Not for Grown-ups: ‘The Tiger’s Wife’ by Tea Obreht, New York Observer
Middlemarch-a book “for grown-up people,” according to Virginia Woolf-is both achy with the discomforts of desire and very, very funny. Ms. Obreht’s chaste, solemn, schoolgirl prose is not for grown-up people. She delegates perfunctory responsibility . . .
- £1 World Book Day books storm to the top of the charts, The Bookseller
… both mentioned on the former, climbed more than 1000 places in the charts week-on-week, while the Wordsworth editions of both George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando climbed at least 10000 places thanks to plugs on the latter . . .
- Oxford University scientists launch free software for researchers to …, Knowledgespeak
These works include symphonies by Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky and Dmitri Shostakovich; books by CS Lewis, Virginia Woolf and HG Wells; films by Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir; and artwork by MC Escher and Pablo Picasso, . . .
- Museum Lovers Will Like Hilton’s Latest London Hotel, GoTimeshare.org
Its most famous “members” were Virginia Woolf, EM Forster and John Maynard Keynes and many of the houses in the area commemorate their famous past inhabitants with English Heritage blue plaques. With its beautiful Edwardian facade, the DoubleTree by . . .
- The artfulness of being a good wife, The West Australian
Maushart believes that wifework includes what Virginia Woolf called “reflecting a man at twice his normal size”. Her book is aimed at the discontented wife: after reading it one wonders whether there can be any other kind. . . .
- Seventy years on, Woolf reveals a new character, Independent
By Matthew Bell As a leading member of the Bloomsbury set, as famous for their bisexual bed-hopping as their creative output, Virginia Woolf could have gone down in history as a bohemian first, a novelist second. But an in-depth re-examination of her . . .
- Thoroughly modern Virginia, Independent
Not true, say academics, who tell Holly Williams about the new, sexual, political Woolf AP If there’s one thing that everyone knows about Virginia Woolf, it’s her death. This month sees the 70th anniversary of her suicide, when on 28 March . . .
- (151) Life after death, Korea Times
From Virginia Woolf to the young poet Ki Hyung-do, the list of names that died in March is long. This year, as the nation slowly recovers from the panic caused by the foot-and-mouth disease, dispirited farmers join the mourners for whom the pulse of . . .
- 13 Important African-American Books that You Should Have in Your Home, The Atlanta Post
Indeed, throughout history, humanity has been blessed to explore beautiful expressions of excellent writers such as Herman Melville, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Virginia Woolf, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, George Santayana . . .
- Feminist texts inspire a new generation, Sydney Morning Herald
However, there’s lots here to think about and discuss, from Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir to the authors I read when I was young: Kate Millett, Erica Jong, Shulamith Firestone. Sister bloggers, too, are doing it for themselves.
- Salvatore Scibona, Author, The Economist (blog)
That said, I think it must be true, in so far as Virginia Woolf is a huge influence, as are Faulkner and Freud. In terms of writing from the unconscious, I’ma firm believer in that. I’ve never known my conscious mind to invent anything . . .
- What makes a great teacher, Macleans.ca
The course is Literature for Our Time, a primer that encompasses all of Corrigan, Virginia Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness To the Lighthouse, and Toronto novelist Andrew Pyper’s literary noir The Killing Circle.
- In Her Shoes | Olivia Sandelman, New York Times (blog)
As in Tolstoy, though she occasionally cheats, she says, with Virginia Woolf. This is not an unusual reference for a woman who loves her books, her music (she wakes every morning to the Temptations’ “Greatest Hits,” which is second only in her . . .
- The dark side of the muse, Channel 4 News (blog)
According to this interpretation, not only must Lewis Carroll have been a tortured paedophile but it’s often assumed that psychological instability was behind the best works of Virginia Woolf, Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath . . .
- A History of a Suicide Author Jill Bialosky on the Struggle to Write a Non …, New York Magazine
Virginia Woolf once asserted that although she reads many memoirs, most are failures because they are mere narratives of events and “leave out the person to whom things happened.” A lot of the book was about whether you felt Kim’s death was preventable . . .
- FICTION: When Death is Lovely, NEXT
I saw the past and the future and there was little or no difference and in that instant I knew why Virginia Woolf took to the sea and the other one took to the oven. They were tired of dying daily. It was not nothingness they saw, it was eternal . . .
- Nikolai Gogol, Ralph Ellison & Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Bookslut
I first came to Elizabeth Barrett Browning through Virginia Woolf’s Flush, the story of Browning’s cocker spaniel. Flush isn’t Woolf at her best, but it offers a nice dog’s-eye view of the Browning legend. Browning’s story is doubly appealing because . . .
- Panelists outline life after Master of Fine Arts, SMC Collegian
… the State University of New York at Buffalo, he provided several tips: “the writing sample is the most important part of the application,” and that “everyone says that they want to write about James Joyce or Virginia Woolf – pick someone different . . .
- U.S. Supreme Court Will Review Constitutionality of Restoring Copyrights in … Business Wire (press release)
… Igor Stravinsky, and Dmitri Shostakovich; books by CS Lewis, Virginia Woolf, and HG Wells; films by Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, and Jean Renoir; and artwork by MC Escher and Pablo Picasso, including Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica . .
- UK garden glory, Independent Online
This was where Lady Ottoline Morrell queened it from 1917 to 1927, as hostess to the likes of DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, EM Forster and sundry Huxleys. The eccentrically robed and dramatically hatted Ottoline did not limit her activities to . . .
- Oxnard troupe’s first Shakespeare foray definitely a memorable one, Ventura County Star
Elite Theatre’s 2011 season will continue with the premiere of Arthur Kraft’s “Goat” (April 22 throughMay 29), a drama about what would have happened if Virginia Woolf hadn’t committed suicide . . .
- Edith Sitwell: Avant Garde Poet, English Genius by Richard Greene – review, The Guardian
Some big opportunities are missed: we never get much sense of Sitwell’s aloof friendship with her great female contemporary, Virginia Woolf, and the story of Sitwell in Hollywood should be more grippingly told than it is here . . .
- Mallick: My wall of women comforts me, Toronto Star
And here is Virginia Woolf, the core of literature, who wrote A Room of One’s Own, but her photos are all over the house. Here is Portrait of his British Wife, a photograph of a young woman outside her summer house on the Aegean, sprawled on a chair . . .
- Book Review: Lastingness: The Art of Old Age by Nicholas Delbanco, Blogcritics.org (blog)
If Beethoven had a hearing aid, or if Virginia Woolf was on antidepressants, they might not have managed to produce their great wrenching and pain-suffused work. While the book’s subjects are more male than female, Delbanco reasons that in part . . .
- Is Jersey City a Suburb? Joel Kotkin Thinks So, Streetsblog Los Angeles (blog)
Portland Transport outlines a state bill that would help enable peer-to-peer car sharing. And Urban Adonia, taking a cue from early feminist Virginia Woolf, remarks on the joy and freedom that can be had simply from exploring a city.
- Quatre Soeurs, News On Sunday
The rough sea, the waves rising mountain high, the ever crashing waves against the shore are reminiscent of the angry sea that keeps hurling against the Lighthouse in Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘To the Lighthouse’.
- Missing the “special” factor, Republica
Ludwig van Beethoven, Jim Morrison, Winston Churchill and Virginia Woolf, whom we look up to as historical giants lived with bipolar disorder. What’s more, even the famous people of today – take Drew Barrymore or Jim Carey, our Hollywood sweetheart . . .
- IGNOU celebrates International Women’s Day, India Education Diary
SOTST Director Prof K. Satchidanandan elucidated his thoughts on ‘Women’s Writing in Malayalam’ by remembering renowned English author Virginia Woolf’s famous work ‘A Room of One’s Own’. Quoting the author, Prof Satchidanandan said, “Had Shakespeare . . .
- One Minute With: Kim Edwards, novelist, Independent
I’m also re-reading Virginia Woolf’s ‘The Voyage Out’. William Trevor is an author I admire; his stories are subtle and powerful, and beautifully written. When I teach, I use passages… to illuminate for students how the very structure of the . . .
- Stephanie Staal’s ‘Reading Women’: Looking to feminist texts to find herself, Washington Post
Staal reads Mary Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf; she revisits that damned short story about the yellow wallpaper. According to Staal, Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique” “promotes a simple plan: Women need to get an education . . .
- Submit this story, Huffington Post
That whole Virginia Woolf ideal of “a room of one’s own,” where your meals are cooked, you play the piano—that experience didn’t happen for me. It’s a miracle that there weren’t more spelling mistakes and grammar problems then there already are . . .
- Auckland Arts Festival: Moving Wright along, New Zealand Herald
Stendahl, Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, Proust …” Reading is what Wright has always done, from childhood – when he couldn’t dance. As a small boy his unusual obsession with movement was quickly channelled into gymnastics, but his ferocious intellect, . . .
- Although we are entering the final days of this year’s Bath Lit Fest, the … Bath Chronicle
A major event today looks at the imaginative world of Virginia Woolf. You can also see Rod Sheard, a design team leader of the Olympic 2012 stadium, who gives an account of the challenges and opportunities the team is facing.