This year’s roundtables address the large questions that emerge from a study of Virginia Woolf and her female contemporaries. How, for example, can we use theory to break away from the emphasis on life biography that seems to be part and parcel of the study of modernist women writers? How do foster a study of modernist women that is inclusive? And what future forums will create a fertile ground for our work on modernist women writers?
Launching Feminist Modernist Studies
The prospective publishers of Feminist Modernist Studies (FMS) hope to launch the journal in 2017. With that timeframe in mind, co-editors Cassandra Laity and Anne Fernald will present and moderate a discussion on (but not limited to): 1. possible topics/areas for inaugural special issues and regular issues of the journal; 2. possible subjects/areas for the “out of the archives” and book review sections; 3. suggested venues for advertising the journal’s launching; 4. plans for forming an allied association and inaugural conference.
Anne E. Fernald is the editor of the Cambridge University Press edition of Mrs. Dalloway (2014), The Norton Reader, and the 2013 special issue of Modern Fiction Studies entitled Women’s Fiction, New Modernist Studies and Feminism. She is the author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader (Palgrave 2006) as well as many other articles and reviews on Woolf and on feminist modernism. She teaches at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus.
Cassandra Laity is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and was a professor at Drew University for twenty-five years. She was a co-editor of Modernism/Modernity for ten years (2000-2010) and a founder of the Modernist Studies Association (MSA). She is author or editor of three books, H.D. and the Victorian Fin-de-Siecle: Gender, Modernism, Decadence (CUP 1996, pbk 2009); H.D.’s Paint it Today (NYUP 1992); and with Nancy Gish, Gender, Desire and Sexuality in T.S. Eliot (CUP 2004, pbk 2007). She is currently completing a book called Anthropocene Feminism: Darwin’s Beagle Geology from Decadence to Modernist Women’s Poetry.
This roundtable moves the discussion of modernist women writers away from individuals and towards theoretical issues that level the playing field between so-called major and minor figures. By using foci such as attire, affective states, portability, or the useless, we can bring forward unexpected combinations of writers and texts that open up the possibility of discussing modernist women in non-hierarchical ways.
Celia Marshik is an associate professor and chair of the English Department at Stony Brook University. She is the author of British Modernism and Censorship (Cambridge University Press, 2006), the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Culture (2015), as well as of articles in Modern Fiction Studies, The Yale Journal of Criticism, and Modernism/
Judith Brown is an associate professor of English at Indiana University. Her research focuses on modernist literature, culture, and aesthetics. She is the author of Glamour in Six Dimensions: Modernism and the Radiance of Form (Cornell University Press, 2009). Among other venues, she has published in Modernism/Modernity and Modernist Cultures. She is presently working on a book called Passive States: Modernism and the Unproductive Life.
Emily Ridge is a lecturer in English literature at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Literature, and Cultural Studies. Her research examines the impact of a new culture of portability upon modernist visions of and approaches to fiction. She has published in Katherine Mansfield Studies, The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, and Textual Practice, among others. She is co-editor of Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture: Modern and Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, 2015) and is working on a book entitled Portable Modernisms: The Art of Traveling Light.
Allison Pease is professor and chair of English at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to To the Lighthouse (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and the author of Modernism, Mass Culture, and the Aesthetics of Obscenity (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and Modernism, Feminism, and the Culture of Boredom (Cambridge University Press, 2012). In addition, her work has appeared in a number of venues, including Modernism/Modernity, English Literature in Transition, Victorian Poetry, Criticism, Journal of Gender Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Palgrave Advances in Oscar Wilde.