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In All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf, Katharine Smyth links her own story with Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.

Published last year, Smyth’s memoir tells the story of her own family, of discovering her parents as people, and of her father’s alcoholism and death. She does it all while weaving in literary criticism of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.

By doing so, critics say she creates the perfect medium for reflecting on grief, loss, and marriage, on the way family morphs as you age, on memory and the difficulties of trying to understand who your parents are, and who they once were. Wow. That’s an armload to take on in one book.

The memoir’s title comes from the poem “Luriana Lurilee” by Charles Elton that Woolf references in To the Lighthouse.

That Gordon ties Woolf’s semi-autobiographical novel to her memoir is quite fitting, as Woolf focused her work on her own parents in the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay.

This is a transcendent book, not a simple meditation on one woman’s loss, but a reflection on all of our losses, on loss itself, on how to remember and commemorate our dead. –  Charlotte Gordon, The Washington Post

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For the 18th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Pat Colliers is seeking papers for a panel that looks at ways of bringing the insights and methodologies of recent work in early 20th century periodical studies to bear on the life and work of Virginia Woolf.

The conference, with the theme “Woolf Editing/Editing Woolf,” will be held June 19–22, 2008, at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

According to Colliers, possibilities for the periodicals panel include papers on the following topics:

  • Woolf’s contributions to periodicals as an essayist, short story writer, or reviewer
  • Woolf’s interventions in contemporary debates about journalism and the public sphere
  • reviews of Woolf and her circle as evidence of “reception.”

“In any case,” Colliers writes, “papers should engage with periodicals as texts in themselves that bring their own problematics of interpretation and methodology, not primarily as “contexts” or neutral containers of content.”

Send 250-word abstracts and brief bios to Patrick Collier at pccollier@bsu.edu by Jan. 5, 2008.

This news, posted on the MLA listserv, was sent out to the VW Listserv from Helen Southworth.

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Helen Southworth, assistant professor of literature of the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon,  announces that she is trying to put together a panel or two on the topic of the Hogarth Press for the 18th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf scheduled for June 19-22, 2008, in Denver, Colorado.

Her efforts are designed  to tie in with the edited volume for which she issued a call for papers in August. Click here for details of Southworth’s call for papers.

Southworth says she is looking for papers that deal with the following:

  • stories of authors, artists, and workers published by and/or associated with the Woolfs’ press
  • papers that expand on Willis’ history of the Hogarth Press.

Anyone interested in submitting a paper to the edited volume or becoming involved in a conference panel, should contact Southworth as soon as possible.

Contact information:
Helen Southworth
Clark Honors College
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403

The deadline for Denver panel proposals is now Jan. 11. 

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