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Still winter here. Snow falling. Roads bad. People complaining that their usual 15-minute drive home took two hours.

So I am staying indoors and putting up my third blog post of the day.

This one is easy. All I have to do is link you to Fernham‘s post on “Pearls and Power,” which aptly summarizes the sometimes edgy discussion that took place on the VWoolf Listserv during the last few days.

See if you agree with list mistress Anne that the dispute was between the “‘No sex, please, we’re British’ camp versus the acolytes of the clitoris.”

To illustrate the topic, I decided to play it safe. I snapped a photo of my piled-up pearls — genuine, imitation, new and hand-me-down. You may think of them however you wish.

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I am enjoying a snow evening. Not a snow day, just a snow evening.

My university cancelled evening classes because of the snow, which means I don’t have to teach tonight. So instead of standing in front of a classroom, I am sitting at home on a sofa.

The unexpected free time feels especially fine. Outdoors I can hear my neighbor running his snow blower. In the kitchen, the tea kettle sounds ready to boil. The only jarring note is the TV, but it is the news hour, and my husband does have it tuned to PBS.

Meanwhile, with Jim Lehrer in the background, I pull together Woolf notes:

  • From Anne Fernald of Fernham, comes a tweet advising us to read “Always A Rambling Post on Common Readers, Classes and the Noise of Poetry,” which extols the virtues of Woolf, “a poet who wrote novels.”
  • S. Shulman shared a story about a Princeton exhibit in the Firestone Library’s Main Gallery called “The Author’s Portrait.” The exhibit runs through July 5 and includes a 1928 portrait of Woolf.
  • She also sent a link to a Londonist story, “Which is the Best London Novel?” Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway is tied for the number three spot on the list. And Ian McEwan’s Saturday, inspired by Mrs. D, is number nine.
  • In an article in the London Times, Naomi Wolf cites Virginia Woolf in her article, Sleep is a Feminist Issue.
  • On The Walrus Blog, a post called “Ghost Stories” argues that the cult of authors may result in ” fancy editions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grocery lists, or leather-bound copies of Virginia Woolf’s to-do reminders.”
  • A note from the Literary Gift Co. illustrates our fetishization of authors. The company offers “Virginia Woolf Parcel Tape” to seal your special packages. It is emblazoned with a Woolf quotation, “Life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope which surrounds us from the beginning of conciousness to the end,” from her essay  “Modern Fiction.”
  • A VWoolf Listserv conversation about Woolf’s mental state generated tips for further reading. They include:
  • And if you need a chuckle after all this serious talk, take a look at the Punch cartoon whose link was sent by Stuart N. Clarke in response to the discussion on the VWoolf Listserv regarding Woolf and weather, a topic obviously dear to my heart.

Which leads me full circle to the topic with which I began: I am enjoying a snow evening. And it is pure white bliss.

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Virginia Woolf and race was the topic of a recent discussion on the Virginia Woolf Listserv. Here are some of the sources readers and scholars suggested:

  • Jane Marcus’s book Hearts of Darkness
  • Patricia McManus article “The “Offensiveness’ of Virginia Woolf: From a Moral to a Political Reading” in Woolf Studies Annual 14 (2008)
  • Laura Doyle’s  chapter titled “Voyaging Beyond the Race Mother: Melymbrosia and To the Lighthouse”  in her book Bordering on the Body: The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture. Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Work by Urmila Seshagiri, including “Orienting Virginia Woolf: Race, Aesthetics, and Politics in To the Lighthouse”
  • Gretchen Gerzina’s work on Bloomsbury/Woolf and race
  • Anna Snaith work on Bloomsbury/Woolf and race.

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twitterNow that my life has finally settled back down (a little), post-Woolf Conference, I can finally post about one of my very favorite things: Twitter.

Below, I’ve written a short guide to the social networking site that has become a huge sensation. Instead of Twitter for Dummies, this is Twitter for Woolfians to help everyone learn exactly what this Twitter thing is, and how Woolfians can use it to their advantage.

What is Twitter?
The short answer would be to say, as the site itself does, that Twitter is a 140-character answer to the question, “What are you doing?”

But Twitter is also a tool for making connections, for keeping up with connections you’ve already made, and it can also be a great way to keep your fellow Woolfians up-to-date on research, paper opportunities, and anything else that comes up.

Why use Twitter?
Many Woolfians are members of the fantastic VWoolf Listserv, and Twitter wouldn’t replace it. Rather, it’s an easy way to condense important information into short “Tweets.” These can then be tagged using “#”–#Woolf, for example–or by simply using the word “Woolf” in a Tweet.

This way, anyone looking for all things Woolf would only have to type “Woolf” in Twitter’s search bar to quickly see the many Woolfish conversations that are taking place, in realtime. (We used #Woolf19 for Tweets relating to the Woolf Conference, but it seems to have disappeared from the Internet.)

Here is a great video that details Twitter’s functions and provides a step-by-step guide to creating a Twitter account.

Finally, a few Woolfians who’ve already discovered the greatness that is Twitter:

Paula, from Blogging Woolf

Dr. Anne Fernald

Benjamin Harvey, art historian


If you have any questions, just Tweet!

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twitterI have added something new to Blogging Woolf: tweets about the latest discussions regarding Virginia Woolf on the VW Listserv and other online sources I stumble upon.

You can find the latest Woolf tweets in the right sidebar under the heading “Common Reader Tweets,” two spots below the search box.

I’m not certain how long I will continue twittering about Woolf, but I’m trying it out. Sign up to follow my Woolf tweets if you are interested.

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