Archive for the ‘literary blogs’ Category

Blogging Woolf is back from a holiday hiatus made longer by a bout with On Being Ill — the virus, not the Virginia Woolf essay published in 1930  by the Hogarth Press. But now that we are back, we recommend a couple of essays for your edification in this new year.

armoury-show-posterThe first, “1913–What year…” by Kathleen Dixon Donnelly on the SuchFriends blog, takes an in-depth look at the New York Armory Show in February 1913, connecting it to Bloomsbury Group painters Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, etc. who closed London’s Second Post-Impressionist Exhibit early so many of the paintings could be sent on to New York.

Donnelly promises to post updates all year on what was happening to writers in 1913. You can also check out the Such Friends page on Facebook.

The second is Blogging Woolf contributor Alice Lowe‘s latest published work, “On the Road Again,” which appears in the current issue of The Feathered Flounder.

Lowe notes that “being the mother of a daughter and the daughter of a mother is a rich source of feathered flounderreflection.” In this latest poignant essay, she draws on those dual experiences, as well as “from those other gems, memory and aging” to wonder whether she has encountered the beginning of her dotage.

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Hogarth PressAre blogs the modern day version of the Hogarth Press? Can they be the great equalizer that allows women an equal voice with men in the world?

I ponder these questions on a drizzly summer day, with a slow-falling rain returning a fresh green color to grass turned brown by drought in Northeast Ohio.

I turn to Virginia Woolf for the answers. In particular, I turn to Chapter 1 of  A Room of One’s Own:  “I thought of how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse perhaps to be locked in.”

As I read, a tingling feeling takes hold of me. It is a feeling of excitement, the excitement of recognition that 78 years after Woolf’s words were first published, they become true for me in a new way.

Blogging, Woolf’s words tell me, allows us access to what the world holds on both sides of the locked door. We can enter a room of our own, where we can create what we imagine. And we can share those creations with the world at large.

Has blogging on the Web not only unlocked the door for women writers, but also thrown away the key?

Thoughts from another literary blogger

Anne Fernald Ann E. Fernald, author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader and assistant professor at Fordham University, has an interesting take on what Web blogs add to the literary discussion.

In a recent post on Fernham, her literary blog, she says blogs can provide new voices that appeal to niche audiences. These fresh voices — that would often be locked out of the academic or media mainstreams — are able to influence others while soliciting feedback and building community.

So perhaps the Web in general — and blogs in particular — have unlocked the door for women.

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