Posts Tagged ‘Virginia Woolf’

Mrs. Dalloway lives. And walks. And is mapped. Here are several fun and helpful resources I recently discovered.

  1. The first is @mrsdallowayday on Twitter, who is encouraging a ‪#‎MrsDallowayDay‬ event June 13 in London, starting this year. Use the hashtag #MrsDallowayDay.
  2. The second is the Mrs. Dalloway Mapping Project, a series of interactive, annotated maps of London that serve as a guide to the novel.  Themap maps show the paths that Clarissa, Peter and Rezia and Septimus follow over the course of the novel, something I once tried to do for a class I was teaching. However, I found myself a bit confused about Peter’s route midway through my explanation. I hope this resource does a better job. It includes links to analyses of the text organized by event, location, and time. It apparently was created by Adam Erwood, London Lamb, Jasmine Perrett, Anjaly Poruthoor and Manoj Vangala for an English class at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
  3. The third is a Map of Fictional London from the Literary Gift Company. Dani Hall, company creator, was good enough to send me a copy. I plan to take this foldable, indexed resource along on my next trip to London, as it marks sites mentioned in 600 literary works by 400 authors, including Virginia Woolf. I may carry it in the purple Woolf Library Bag that accompanied it. bag

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Image from the “Rebel Riders” series featured in Vogue Italia (shot by Tim Walker)

Celebrated British fashion photographer Tim Walker recently spoke with The Business of Fashion and revealed that his aesthetic vision is inspired in part by Virginia Woolf.

In Tilly Macalister-Smith’s article, “Tim Walker’s Fantasy World,” Walker, who regularly shoots for Vogue magazine, describes his styles as, “Fellini crossed with Sarah Moon crossed with Dirk Bogarde crossed with Virginia Woolf.”

When Walker was asked to photograph the December 2015 issue of Vogue Italia, he chose the theme of ‘horses’ for the issue, and he made a visit to Charleston House where was inspired by Woolf:

A visit to Charleston House in Lewes, Sussex — the famous haunt of the Bloomsbury set, a group of literary and artistic bohemians working in London at the turn of the 20th century — sparked his imagination for the first shoot. “It was this idea of Virginia Woolf riding to see Vita Sackville-West, and it then led to the Bloomsbury set,” he remembers.

Woolf in Vogue 1924

Woolf in Vogue, 1924

In 1924 Woolf was photographed for Vogue magazine wearing her mother’s wedding dress. Do you see any similarities between Walker’s “Rebel Riders” series and Woolf’s Vogue photographs?


Read the full interview with Tim Walker and watch the video below to view more photos from Walker’s Woolf inspired “Rebel Riders” series.



Shot by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia


From the “Rebel Riders” series (shot by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia)


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Several months ago I responded to a call for submissions on “Books that changed myawritersdiary_woolf-1 life” at an eclectic site called The Drunken Odyssey – a podcast about the writing life. I asked the editor, John King, if he’d be interested in my story about A Writer’s Diary.  He responded with enthusiasm—turns out he’d studied with Woolf scholar Anne Fernald.

The segment was published this week in Episode 189 of The Drunken Odyssey. It starts with a lengthy discussion about Lawrence Ferlinghetti. If you want to skip ahead, I’m at the end, starting at about 51:50. My husband is a musician with a home studio, so he recorded my piece and added the accompaniment.

It’s not an overstatement that A Writer’s Diary changed my life, and I enjoyed having this opportunity to tell my tale outside of the usual Woolfian circles—to preach beyond the choir.

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The 134th anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s birth got some attention. As usual. Below are some of the sightings I found online. But be sure to read yesterday’s post on this blog, “Virginia Woolf on her birthday, in her diaries,” first.

Any excuse to extend Virginia Woolf’s birthday fest!🎈🎂🎉 https://t.co/eLAUvo13TI

— Kathleen Burke (@kgburke3) January 26, 2016

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Here is the call for papers for the International Virginia Woolf Society’sMLA logo guaranteed panel at MLA 2017, held Jan. 5-8 in Philadelphia. Both align with the theme “Virginia Woolf Scholars Come to Their Senses.”

Two possible approaches are being offered:

  1. papers addressing sense modalities in Woolf’s writing.  How and to what end does Woolf evoke sensory experiences of smell, touch and taste in her writing?
  2. papers offering or debating “corrective” readings of Woolf that suggest some kind of “progress” in Woolf criticism. Have earlier readings, such as poststructuralist or lesbian, been supplanted by contemporary approaches, or do we need a model other than “progression” to address Woolf’s critical heritage?

Abstracts of between 250-500 words should be sent by March 21 to Pamela Caughie at pcaughi@luc.edu. (Please note the “e” is dropped in Caughie). Participants must be MLA members by April 7, 2016.

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Read the latest post from The Charleston Attic blog — this one about “Julia Margaret Cameron at 200,” the name of a conference at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London last week.

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A three-week literary course on Virginia Woolf will take place in London May 23-June 10. Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 11.04.11 AM

Literary London: Virginia Woolf on Site will be led by Jane Garrity and is part of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Study Abroad Program. It is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all universities.

Here is information from the global seminar course website:

This seminar on the work and life of Virginia Woolf uses the city of London to deepen and make concrete an understanding of this extraordinary author’s body of work.

Participants will have access to all of the most important literary sites related to Woolf’s life and be able to see up close the enormous impact of London and its environs on Woolf’s work.

The seminar will examine the ways that the city of London and its adjacent countryside come together in Woolf’s complex vision of the English nation, its elaborate class hierarchy, and its storied history. Woolf herself believed that London was “the center of life itself,” and this seminar seeks to illustrate how integral this belief is to an understanding of her literary geography.

In addition to in class discussions, there will be walking tours to key London locations as well as excursions to Monk’s House, Charleston Farmhouse, Knole and Sissinghurst. Students will also participate in a hands-on art project in the studio of Cressida Bell, the great-niece of Virginia Woolf who specializes in textile and interior design.

The program is directed by Professor Jane Garrity, an expert on British modernism in literature with research focusing in modernism and empire, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural studies. She will select program participants, lead a pre-program orientation, lead the course while abroad, and act as resident director in London.

Application deadline is March 1, 2016. Learn more about this global seminar, academic credits, housing, costs, and extracurricular activities at studyabroad.colorado.edu.

For more information about teaching, learning and traveling in England, see these links:

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