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It’s official. Dalloway Day is the third Wednesday in June on both sides of the pond.

After years of discussion and advocacy for a day that gives Virginia Woolf’s Clarissa Dalloway equal weight with James Joyce’s Leopold Bloom, both the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain and the International Virginia Woolf Society have designated the third Wednesday in June as #DallowayDay.

Finally, we have an officially recognized day for celebrating Clarissa Dalloway’s walk across London in Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway to “buy the flowers herself.”

This year it’s June 20

This year the third Wednesday falls on June 20, and events are already being planned on the official date and those surrounding it. Here are those we know about so far.

  • The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain is getting together with Waterstones, as it did last year, to arrange a walk, discussion and talk on Saturday, June 16. It will be announced on the new VWSGB website and Facebook page, and by Waterstones as well.
  • Many members of the International Virginia Woolf Society will be together and on their way to Knole House and Sissinghurst Gardens for the pre-conference outing on June 20, the day before the 28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf begins. I imagine we will celebrate the day in some way and I welcome your ideas.
  • Places and Paces: Walking with Mrs. Dalloway, June 20, 4-5 p.m., at the British Library. Sponsored by the library and its Royal Society of Literature. Hermione Lee will discuss the novel’s walks and follow its paths into dreams, memories, and moments of revelation. Ticket prices range from £5 to £8 and can be booked online.
  • Dalloway Day with Sarah Churchwell, Alan Hollinghurst, Hermione Lee and Elaine Showalter, June 20, 7-8:30 p.m. at the British Library. Sponsored by the library and its Royal Society of Literature. The event will include a discussion on the significance of the novel and its effect on literary culture with Woolf’s biographer Lee; novelist Hollinghurst; literary critic Showalter, author of the seminal A Literature of their Own, and Churchwell, chair of public understanding in the humanities at the School of Advanced Study. Ticket prices range from £10 to £15 and can be booked online. Check out the RSL’s Dalloway Day page.
  • Monk’s House is holding an event on June 20, and the details will appear on the Monk’s House page of the National Trust website once they are settled.
  • The Italian Virginia Woolf Society is organizing an event dedicated to Woolf in June called “Una giornata tutta per lei” (A Day of Hers Own) on June 9 at the Casa Internazionale delle Donne, the International House of Women, the society’s home base.

Tell us about your #DallowayDay event

We urge you to add your own events in the comments section below or by sending an email to bloggingwoolf@yahoo.com, whether they are on the official date or another date. And please use the hashtag #DallowayDay in your social media posts so we can track them.

Watch out for The New Yorker

After June 20, keep your eyes out for The New Yorker magazine. A writer and editor for that publication has been in touch with Woolf societies and Blogging Woolf to discuss our plans for Dalloway Day. It turns out he is interested in traveling to England in time for Dalloway Day celebrations so he can cover it for the magazine.

His piece, if the idea is given the go-ahead, would appear in both the print and online editions, with photo coverage online. If so, this would make 2018 a banner year for dear Virginia — a Google Doodle and an official day of Clarissa’s own, covered in The New Yorker!

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Every day Blogging Woolf monitors Google and Twitter for references to Virginia Woolf on the Web. Here are some recent sightings shared via the blog’s Facebook page:

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Lucky us. If we couldn’t be in London for the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain’s Annual Birthday Lecture in honor of Woolf, we can still catch it online — in its entirety.

Listen to Woolf biographer Hermione Lee’s fascinating lecture, “To pin down the moment with date and season.” In it, she talks about the importance of memorable dates in Woolf’s fiction and in her life.

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Woolf sessions at the MLA

Dates: Jan. 9-12, 2014mla2014-logo
Location: Chicago, Ill.
MLA Convention 2014
Read more about Dining with Virginia at the MLA.

Hermione Lee – 15th Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture

Date: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m.
Location: Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, University of London

Virginia Woolf and Visual Culture

Senate House, University of London

Date: April 5, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: University of London

Hosted by Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, for the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.  The conference (all welcome) will follow the Virgina Woolf Society AGM (VWS of Great Britain Members only).

24th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Writing the World

Dates: June 5-8, 201424th annual conference poster
Location: Loyola University’s Lakeshore Campus, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Call for Papers: Proposals for papers, panels, roundtables and workshops on any aspect of the conference theme: the centenary of WWI; peace, justice, war, and violence; writing as world creation; Woolf as a world writer; the globalization of Woolf studies; or other topics of your choosing.

Proposal Dealine: Jan. 25, 2014

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london sceneOriginally published bi-monthly in Good Housekeeping between December 1931 and October 1932, the six essays in The London Scene provide Virginia Woolf’s musings on the street hauntings of which she was most found.

Now Daunt Books is republishing the essays with an introduction by Hermione Lee and original black and white illustrations. The 96-page hardback is available for £10.99.

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Included in this collection are links to coverage of the infamous David Gilmour and his misguided views about women writers (9-11). Balancing that is this lovely quote from Andrew Solomon in the New York Times:

Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon (screenshot from NYT website)

Virginia Woolf is my other favorite. I feel as if she is writing not simply about the mind, but about my mind. Her books are as visceral to me as music. I find that Woolf, like chocolate, requires rationing; I could easily become emotionally obese if I let myself consume her work too often. – Andrew Solomon (14) in this week’s Woolf Sightings

  1. Book of Ages: Franklin’s sis no footnote, Columbus Dispatch
    In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf speculated about what life would have been like for an imaginary sister of Shakespeare. Not good, she concludes: Her 
  2. READING & WRITING : The idea of secrets, E Kantipur
    The first time a publisher approached Hermione Lee with the idea of writing a biography of Virginia Woolf, she said no. Then a second publisher suggested the 
  3. Book Review: ‘The Letters of C. Vann Woodward’, Wall Street Journal
    For those whom the novelist Virginia Woolf called common readers, intending no condescension, history is often problematic, seeming to offer a choice between 
  4. Searching for supermen, Daily Californian
    Virginia Woolf tells me not to be angry all the time because no one wants to listen to angry people. So this week, I’m taking a break from lamenting the sad state 
  5. ‘Shakespeare’s Sister’ Adapts Woolf and DurasNew York Times
    Who can say whether one of Shakespeare’s sisters was a frustrated writer, as Virginia Woolfimagined in “A Room of One’s Own”? But Peter Brook’s daughter, 
  6. Horley’s Archway Theatre turns to tale of a Tudor queen, This is Local London
    Horley’s Archway Theatre is currently presenting Eileen Atkins’ play, Vita and Virginia, depicting the love affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, …
  7. The Journal Is The Destination (A Hat Tip To Dan Eldon), NPR (blog)
    Habitual journaling has given society insight into the minds of great writers, from Franz Kafka to Virginia Woolf. But how does a photographer keep a journal?
  8. Julian Barnes’ ‘grief memoir’ is really a love story, Wicked Local (blog)
    Great writers can make just about anything work. Virginia Woolf made us believe Orlando went to sleep a man and awoke a woman. We never think twice about 
  9. University Of Toronto Students Protest English Instructor Who Is ‘Not Business Insider Australia
    Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would 
  10. University Of Toronto Literature Professor Says He’s “Not Interested , BuzzFeed
    Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach  And when I tried to teach Virginia Woolf, she’s too sophisticated, even for a 
  11. David Gilmour’s Refusal To Teach Women Writers Sparks Rage Huffington Post Canada
    Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories,” Gilmour said. “When I was given this job I said I would 
  12. Sage Is Culver City’s Best New Vegan Restaurant, Huffington Post
    Virginia Woolf once wrote, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” If Virginia Woolf had traveled down Sepulveda Boulevard in 
  13. Things to do in Paradise/Downtown, Sept. 24-30, Las Vegas Review-Journal
    The one-man show features Jade Esteban portraying Plato, Virginia Woolf, Freddy Mercury and others. The event is part of The Centerpiece, a queer arts and 
  14. Andrew Solomon: By the Book, New York Times
    The author of “Far From the Tree” loves reading Virginia Woolf, but in small portions. “I could easily become emotionally obese if I let myself consume her work 
  15. The End of Fundamentalism, Washington Post (blog)
    On or about September 19th, 2013, the world changed, to paraphraseVirginia Woolf. I’ve been waiting for the definitive character of the Era change that’s been 
  16. Fascinating fact:, Hollywood.com
    Actress Christina Carty has been cast as writer Virginia Woolf in the upcoming season of hit period drama Downton Abbey. Hugh Jackman’s wife pens op-ed 
  17. ‘A Man’s World’ Is Being Revived at Metropolitan Playhouse, New York Times
    Almost 20 years before Virginia Woolf published “A Room of One’s Own,” the playwright Rachel Crothers sought the same thing for her heroine in her 1910 ..
  18. James Joyce in 1920s Paris, The New Republic
    On this day in 1922, Virginia Woolf took to her diary to pan what she had read of James Joyce’s Ulysses. “An illiterate, underbred book it seems to me,” she wrote 
  19. ‘Orlando’ review: Magically shifting gender, time, San Francisco Chronicle
    That’s as true for Sarah Ruhl’s lovingly crafted adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s time-bending, gender-shifting novel as it is for Woolf’s mesmerizing prose.
  20. Who’s Afraid?, New York Times
    Adam Kirsch mentions, by way of contrast, the example of Virginia Woolf’s work for The Times Literary Supplement, where, as he puts it, “she specialized in 
  21. Literary Figures and Their Wild Pets, Huffington Post
    We love images of famous writers with their pets: Edith Wharton with her lapdogs, Virginia Woolf with her spaniel, gloomy Ernest Hemingway cuddling one of his …
  22. La Mama’s Shakespeare’s Sister Playwright Irina Brook on Being a TheaterMania.com
    La MaMa is hosting her company’s newest play, Shakespeare’s Sister (or La Vie Matérielle) — a piece Brook adapted from writings by Virginia Woolf (A Room of …
  23. Self Publishing: Here To Stay?, Huffington Post
    In 1917 Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard unpacked a small printing press in the front room of their home. They set up the Hogarth Press to enable them 
  24. Conrad, Woolf to visit Iran with two novellasIran Book News Agency
    ‘Jacob’s Room’ is the third novel by Virginia Woolf, first published in 1922. The novel centres, in a very ambiguous way, around the life story of the protagonist 
  25. Virginia Woolf and the “Melymbrosia” manuscriptThe Sunday Times Sri Lanka
    It wasn’t until 2007 when I bought the late Paul Evans’ 4000 Bloomsbury book collection and started building the Literary Museum at Glenthorne that I 
  26. Genre benders: where fiction and photography meet, Irish Times
     suggesting bold new possibilities for literature. They were André Breton’s surrealist masterwork Nadja, and Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending farce Orlando.
  27. First edition of TS Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ sells for £4500, New York Daily News (blog)
    Though Virginia Woolf is known for her introspective meditations on femininity and the self, she and her husband Leonard were also founders of a publishing 
  28. Preserve and protect, South China Morning Post
    Her name may not mean much to readers, except for those who are familiar with the five volumes ofVirginia Woolf’s diary, which she edited meticulously, 
  29. Michael Palin’s 6 favorite books, The Week Magazine
    The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Vols. 1–5 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $139). One of the greatest travelers of the mind, Virginia Woolf was always asking questions of 
  30. 11 Authors Who Kept Their Day Jobs, Huffington Post
    Along with her husband, Leonard WoolfVirginia founded publishing house Hogarth Press. The pair published Russian translations, psychoanalytic works, and 
  31. Vocational Training From a Label Near You, New York Times
    She went on to receive a master’s degree in literature at the Sorbonne, where she wrote dissertations on the works of Zelda Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf.

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The Multiple Muses of Virginia WoolfThis week a member of the VWoolf Listserv asked for resources she could peruse regarding Virginia Woolf and Marcel Proust. As usual, list participants came quickly to the rescue. Here are some of the resources they shared:

From Anne Fernald:

“There is a lovely scene in the closing pages of the first section of vol. 1 of Proust of watching Japanese paper flowers unfold in water. It’s a scene that I think Woolf drew on, more than the madeleine–especially, say in Peter Walsh’s memories of Sally’s flowers at Bourton.

“More generally, Proust shared Woolf’s fascination with parties. Like Woolf, he was a serious, contemplative writer who took seriously the kinds of social foibles that might unfold at a party like the one Clarissa Dalloway gives. Knowing that Woolf read Proust while writing Dalloway is helpful: I imagine that his example fortified her sense that the topic, flimsy in the wrong hands, had possibilities for greatness.

“Woolf’s diaries, Hermione Lee, Sallye Greene, and Nicola Luckhurst might all be places to comb for more.”

Articles and books shared by several list members:

  • Pericles Lewis. “Proust, Woolf, and Modern Fiction.” Romanic Review. 99:1
  • Cheryl Mares, “‘The Burning Ground of the Present: Woolf and Her Contemporaries.”  Virginia Woolf and the Essay. Eds. Beth Rosenberg and Jeanne Dubino. NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1997. 117-36.
  • “Reading Proust: Woolf and the Painter’s Perspective.” The Multiple Muses of Virginia Woolf. Ed. Diane Gillespie. University of Missouri Press, 1993. 58-89.
  • “Woolf’s Reading of Proust.” Reading Proust Now. Eds. Mary Ann Caws and Eugene Nicole. Peter Lang, 1990.
  •  J. Hillis Miller writes of Proust and the party in Mrs. Dalloway in Fiction and Repetition.
  • Emily Delgarno has a chapter on “Proust and the Fictions of the Unconscious” in her Virginia Woolf and the Migrations of Language

And quotes from Woolf on Proust shared by two on the list:

Last night I started on Vol 2 [Jeunes Filles en Fleurs] of him (the novel) and propose to sink myself in it all day. [. . . ] But Proust so titillates my own desire for expression that I can hardly set out the sentence. Oh if I could write like that! I cry. And at the moment such is the astonishing vibration and saturation and intensification that he procures?theres something sexual in it?that I feel I can write like that, and seize my pen and then I can’t write like that. Scarcely anyone so stimulates the nerves of language in me: it becomes an obsession. But I must return to Swann” – Letter to Roger Fry, 6 May 1922 (Letters II 525)

My great adventure is really Proust. Well–what remains to be written after that? I’m only in the first volume, and there are, I suppose, faults to be found, but I am in a state of amazement; as if a miracle were being done before my eyes. How, at last, has someone solidified what has always escaped–and made it too into this beautiful and perfectly enduring substance?  One has to put the book down and gasp. The pleasure becomes physical–like sun and wine and grapes and perfect serenity and intense vitality combined. Far otherwise is it with Ulysses. – Letter to Roger Fry, 3 October 1922 (Letters II 565-6)

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