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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Virginia Woolf’s second novel, Night and Day. It also marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in the U.S.

Fittingly enough, both deal with women’s struggle to obtain the right to vote.

While Woolf’s novel has often been overlooked, it is currently receiving the recognition it deserves. Nowadays it is described as “a remarkable story of two women navigating the possibilities opened up by the struggle for women’s suffrage.”

Reading and discussing Night and Day

In September of last year, Anne Fernald, professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Fordham University, led a reading group on Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster at the Center for Fiction in Brooklyn that featured novelists Julie Orringer and Michael Cunningham discussing Night and Day.

Read Lauren Groff’s Introduction to Night and Day, which is included in the 100th anniversary edition of the novel, available from Restless Books.

According to Restless Books, the new edition of Woolf’s novel is part of a “series of beautifully packaged, newly introduced and illustrated great books from the past that still speak to our time, our place, and, especially, our restlessness. In addition to their original artwork and fresh introductions, Restless Classics brings the classroom experience to the reader with linked online teaching videos.”

Night and Day in conversation

You can also sit in on last year’s discussion of the novel held at the Brooklyn Center for Fiction by watching the video below.

In addition, “Night and Day at 100” was the topic of the International Virginia Woolf Society‘s guaranteed panel at the Modern Language Association Convention 2019. It addressed the question: What is the twenty-first century legacy of Woolf’s “nineteenth-century” novel?

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Virginia Woolf scholar and Fordham University professor Anne Fernald is featured in an article in the fall issue of Matters Magazine. Infernald “Woolf at the Door: Finding a Home and a Room of Her Own in South Orange,” Fernald discusses her scholarly, aesthetic and personal interest in Woolf.

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Take a living colored look at 1927 London in this video, which I found on the web page for Anne Fernald’s  essay, “Mrs. Dalloway at 88” on The Awl website.

In her essay, Fernald notes that the traffic problem at Piccadilly Circus that Richard Dalloway mutters about under his breath was an ongoing problem of the time, as cars, horse-drawn vehicles, hand-pushed carts and pedestrians “all competed to cross streets at a time when traffic signals still had to be changed manually by a traffic officer.”

This video gives one a sense of the traffic Woolf describes in her 1925 novel. 

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I missed Mrs. Dalloway’s birthday two months ago. May 14 marked 88 years sincedalloway Woolf’s 1925 novel was published, a fact I noticed when I came across Anne Fernald’s essay, “Mrs. Dalloway at 88” on The Awl website.

Fernald’s essay was also republished on the website of London Fictions.

In her piece, Fernald gives eight compelling reasons why the book still matters today:

  1. Woolf makes us care about a fancy middle-aged lady throwing a party.
  2. The characters have great names that have interesting histories.
  3. It’s a great example of a novel set on a single day.
  4. Woolf deploys allusions to Shakespeare like a master.
  5. It continues to inspire other works of art.
  6. It’s full of London history.
  7. Even the random details are not random.
  8. We still need to remember to take care of veterans and we still don’t do enough.

Fernald, Woolf scholar and passionate feminist, is always worth following.

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Anne Fernald, associate professor at Fordham University and the editor of a forthcoming edition of Mrs. Dalloway for Cambridge University Press, will give the first of four talks on Virginia Woolf at the Brooklyn Public Library, Aug. 22, from 3 – 5 p.m.

Fittingly, Fernald’s Aug. 22 talk will be on the topic of Mrs. Dalloway and will be held in the Central Library’s Reverend Elsie Smith Room.

The other three talks are:

Great Books: Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 3 p.m.

Great Books: Virginia Woolf: Between the Acts
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 3 p.m.

Great Books: Virginia Woolf: Moments of Being
Date:
 Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m.

All talks in the series will be held in the Central Library, Reverend Elsie Smith Room, Brooklyn Public Library. The series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Just saw this exciting news on Facebook: Anne Fernald will be one of several writers and public figures who will speak about favorite Virginia Woolf novel To the Lighthouse on April 24 at 7 p.m. at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St. in New York City.

The event is billed as part book club, part lecture, part show and part social occasion. Read more at Ask Me About…To The Lighthouse | McNally Jackson Books.

Fernald is associate professor and director of writing and composition and writing at Fordham University. She blogs at Fernham. She is the author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader (Palgrave 2006) and recently completed a new annotated Cambridge edition of Mrs. Dalloway.

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The virtual public square featuring conversations about Virginia Woolf is a reality. Anne Fernald, writer in residence at The New York Public Library’s Wertheim Study last year, just posted this news on Facebook: The talk she gave at the NYPL in October is now available online as a free podcast.

Anne Fernald

“On Traffic Lights and Full Stops: Editing Mrs. Dalloway” focuses on her work preparing a textual edition of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925) for Cambridge University Press. The 68-minute piece includes discussion of manuscript material housed in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library.

Fernald is an associate professor of English at Fordham University where she also directs the first-year writing and composition program and is the author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader (Palgrave 2006). She blogs at Fernham.

Other talks in the three-day Woolf lecture “festival” at the NYPL are available as free podcasts as well. They include:

Listen to more podcasts by or about Virginia Woolf.

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