The Dream of a Nation: Elizabeth Bowen, Mary Lavin and Virginia Woolf

Forthcoming (2020)

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What Does a Modernist Biography Look Like?

Biographer's Craft: A Monthly Newsletter for Writers and Readers of Biography. Vol.15, No.5 (July 2020).
Hilary Spurling Hilary Spurling augured in 2005 that the “golden age” of biography initiated by Michael Holroyd in the 1960s was pretty much over. She offered various explanations ranging from “some say the game was up as soon as biography began to be taught in universities” to the idea that…
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A Transnational Literary Friendship: Ling Shu hua and Virginia Woolf

British Library Chinese Partnership Project, London, England (2018).
Professor Patricia Laurence explores the transnational literary relationship between Virginia Woolf and Ling Shuhua with reference to the correpondences between these two great writers in the 1930s. View on British Library: http://www.britishlibrary.cn/en/articles/a-transnational-literary-friendship-virginia-woolf-and-ling-shuhua It was by pure serendipity that I came upon the collection of letters that detailed a hitherto little-known…
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Waking the Sleeping Books in Bloomsbury and the Crescent Moon Group in China

British Library in China Partnership Project, coordinated with Mu Xin Art Museum, Wuzhan, China (October 2017).
Full text availible at British Library: English Chinese. Avant-garde artists in mainland China often speak of the need to ‘wake sleeping books’. After Mao Zedong’s demise in 1976, Western literature – no longer banned by Marxist critics – was reintroduced into China. Since then, historians and literary critics in both…
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Shared Affinities: Katherine Mansfield, Ling Shuhua, and Virginia Woolf

Chinoiserie and Modernism, ed. Ann Witchard. Edinburgh UP (2015).
‘It’s like walking over a bridge on a willow pattern plate,’ remarked Virginia Woolf when reviewing the stories of the seventeenth-century Chinese writer, Pu Song-Ling [photo right].[i] Using the narrow bridge on the popular willow plate as a metaphor for her attempt to understand the strange stories-- boys who climb…
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One Wanted Fifty Pairs of Eyes': Virginia Woolf and the Jews

Woolf Studies Annual: Pace University Press (2013).
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Hours In A Chinese Library Re Reading Virginia Woolf Bloomsbury And Modernism

Diane Royer & Madelyn Detloff, ed. Virginia Woolf: Art, Education and Internationalism. Keynote Address, 17th Annual Virginia Woolf conference (June 7-10, 2007) Clemson UP (2008) 8-16.
Download text at Acadimia.com Avant-garde artists in mainland China often speak of the need to “wake sleeping books” since the Cultural Revolution. After Mao Zedong’s demise in 1976, West- ern literature—no longer demonized by Marxist critics—was reintroduced into China. Since then, historians and literary critics in both nations work in…
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The Intimate Spaces Of Community J M Keynes And The Arts

History of Political Economy Spring (2007) 292-317.
Access full text: History of Political Economy, Vol. 39 (2007) Duke University Press. Access Full Text
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Part Of America Is Missing: Literature Anthologies In The People's Republic Of China

Long Wind Summer (2006).

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The River is Moving: Shanghai Women Writers Talk about Writing, Feminization and Feminism

Long Wind (2006).
Wang Anyi: I can’t help it, but I don’t, I don’t like to be called a feminist, and I don’t want to be a feminist (laughter).… If I think of this problem from the standpoint of feminism, it should—it would narrow my mind. What is the consequence of the well-known…
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Biography and Fiction

Legendaria, Rome (November 2004), 7-9.

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Catherine Bertini Meets GERWUN

Equal Time: Equal Rights for Women at the UN (Spring 2003).

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Bloomsburied in China: Hong Ying’s ‘K'

The Nation (April 4, 2003).
View article at The Nation: "Bloomsburied in China." Hong Ying A divide exists between Chinese literature and movies written, produced, read or viewed in the West, and those written and produced in mainlaind China. Witness the controversy surrounding the publication of Ha Jin’s Waiting and the awarding of the Nobel…
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Collapsing Inside and Outside: Reading Henry James' "The Friends of the Friends"

The Finer Thread, the Tighter Weave: Essays on the Short Fiction of Henry James eds. Brooke Horvath & Joseph Dewey, Indiana: Purdue UP (2002), pp. 117-125.

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Beyond the Little Red Book: Literature in China Today

The Nation (September 4-11, 2001), 31-37.

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A Rope to Throw the Reader: Reading the Diverse Rhythms of To the Lighthouse

 Approaches to Teaching Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, eds. Beth Rigel Dougherty and Mary Beth Pringle. New York: Modern Language Association (March 2001), 93-101.

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Virginia Woolf In/On Translation

Virginia Woolf Miscellany. No. 54 (Fall 1999).
"I opened the box and thought 'this is what a garden in South America must look like."' So begins a letter from Virginia Woolf to the Argentinian writer, Victoria Ocampo1 , upon receiving a box of beautiful purple butterflies. She continues, Here we are grey and damp and very English;…
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Holding Her Pen Like a Broom’: Virginia Woolf’s Anxieties about Working Class Women

Etudes Brittaniques Contemporains (Automne 1999), 5-18.
"Everything sounds in its own way. Slllt," writes James Joyce in Ulysses. The same might be said of Virginia Woolf whose style embodies not only the sound of things—for example, a gramophone’s "un-dis," a machine’s "tick tick," a cow’s coughing, a plane’s "zoom" cutting words in two (BA) —but also…
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In Memoriam, East & West: Dadie Rylands & Xiao Qian

Virginia Woolf Miscellany (Spring 1999), 2.

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Oral History Across the Disciplines: Roundtable Discussion

Oral History Association Newsletter, (Fall 1998), 3-12

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A Writing Couple: Shared Ideology in Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas and Leonard Woolf’s Quack, Quack!

Peace, Politics and Women around Bloomsbury, ed. Wayne Chapman, New York: Pace UP (1998) 125-143.

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The China Letters: Vanessa Bell, Julian Bell and Ling Shuhua

South Carolina Review (spring 1997) 122-131.

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Third Wave Feminism: the Joining of University and Community Women

Spring 1996 Center for the Study of Women Newsletter, CUNY Graduate Center (Spring 1996).

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Feminism as a Tiger: Interviewing Shanghai Women Writers

Center for the Study of Women Newsletter, CUNY Graduate Center (Fall 1995).

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Response to Gerald Graff

College English (October 1995): 731-733.

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The Collective Voice of Women

Center for the Study of Women Newsletter, CUNY Graduate Center (Spring 1995).

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After Winning a Room of Your Own: Women’s Studies in the Academy

Center for the Study of Women Newsletter, CUNY Graduate Center (Fall 1994).

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Issues in World Literature

Introduction, to accompany The Harper Collins World Reader, written with Sarah Bird Wright (1994), 9-18.
Introduction: This collection of essays by specialists in world literature teaches us to care about theory as part of the teaching of literature. The essaysist tell us that, in reading widely across cultures, the work-a-day vocabulary of the humanities or literature class need to be reviewed, reconsidered, and redefined: worlds…
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James Dickey’s Puella in Flight

South Carolina Review (Spring 1994) 2:62, 61-71

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Symposium on Basic Writing, Conflict and Struggle, and the legacy of Mina Shaughnessy

College English, 53:4 (December 1993), 44-47.

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Issues in World Literature: Introduction for Students, Introduction for Instructors

Issues in World Literature, New York: HarperCollins, December (1993).
(Co-author Sarah Bird Wright)
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The Vanishing Site of Mina Shaughnessy’s Errors and Expectations

Journal of Basic Writing (Fall 1993).
Journal of Basic Writing, Fall 1993.
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Silence as a Ritual of Truth in Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and Virginia Woolf

(1993)

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Reading and Writing About World Literature

HarperCollins World Reader, ed. M.A. Caws and Christopher Prendergast, New York: HarpercCollins, 1993
(Co-author with Sarah Bird Wright & ed. M.A. Caws and Christopher Prendergast)
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Virginia Woolf and Music

Virginia Woolf Miscellany (Spring 1992) 4-5.

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The Reading of Rhythm in Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf Miscellanies: Proceedings. New York: Pace University Press (1992).

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The Facts and Fugue of War: From Three Guineas to Between the Acts

Virginia Woolf and War: The Fiction, the Myth, the Reality, ed. Mark Hussey, New York: Syracuse UP (1991), 225-246
(ed. Mark Hussey)
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City College’s Family Narrative Collection

Resource (1989) 4-8

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