Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader: Selected Papers from the Twenty-Third Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, edited by Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies, is now available both in print and online from Clemson University Digital Press. The price is $24.95.
According to the website, the volume presents 28 essays and four poetic invocations delivered at the 23rd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, hosted by Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia (June 6-9, 2013). The theme of the conference, the concept of “common(wealth),” addresses geographical, political, and imaginary spaces in which different readers and readings vie for primacy of place.
The essays in this collection, including keynote addresses by Rosemary Ashton, Paul Delany, Christine Froula, Mary Ann Gillies, Sonita Sarker, and Jane Stafford, reflect upon “common(wealth)” as a constructed entity, one that necessarily embodies tensions between the communal and individual, traditional culture and emergent forms, indigenous people and colonial powers, and literary insiders and outsiders.
In the interest of full disclosure, my essay, “Woolf Blogging, Blogging Woolf: Using the Web to Create a Common Wealth of Global Scholars-Readers,” is the last one in the volume. Along with essays by Karen Levenback, Diane Gillespie and Leslie Hankins, it’s included in the section “Woolf Beyond the Book.”