UPDATE: [20th] virginia woolf

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Virginia Woolf and the Literary Marketplace
Edited volume
Call for Papers

For nearly twenty years of her career, from 1904-1922, Virginia Woolf was
primarily a literary journalist who had to become very familiar with the
world of the literary marketplace.
Over the course of her lifetime she wrote nearly 600 essays and reviews
for several dozen publications, and particularly in the first half of her
career, she contacted editors, fostered relationships with them, edited
her work in response to their comments and criticism, and learned about
the world of literary enterprise. Even after she became renowned for her
fiction, she continued to engage with the market in its manifold facets:
marketing, production, pricing, copyright issues, technology, readership,
reviews, and so on.

Virginia Woolf and the Literary Marketplace will be a collection of 12-15
articles (6000-8000 words, or 20-25 pages apiece) treating the subjects
listed above and more (see list below for further possibilities). It
will complement two categories of studies: those that survey modernism
and the marketplace, and include Woolf as part of that survey; and those
that examine Woolf’s essays in a specific historical context with some
discussion of her relationship to the marketplace. That is, Virginia
Woolf and the Literary Marketplace will primarily focus on Woolf’s
nonfiction, and it will consider Woolf in the context of the modernist
marketplace. It will thus offer new essays that deepen our understanding
of the multiple ways Woolf engaged with the specific realities of the
marketplace and examine how the marketplace influenced her.

I envision a two-part volume, with the first half focusing on Woolf’s
career as a literary journalist, and the second on her role as a
novelist. The two do, of course, overlap. Some of the possible topics
could address that overlap; others could include, but are not limited to,
Woolf and:

--her editors (Bruce Richmond, Mrs. Arthur Lyttelton, Dorothy Todd, and
many more)
--the publications for which she wrote (“Guardian,” “Times Literary
Supplement,” “Guardian,” “Cornhill
Magazine,” “Athenaeum,” “Criterion,” “New Statesman,” “Vogue,” and many
--the reading publics (“lowbrow” through “highbrow”)
--changes in the literary marketplace over the course of Woolf’s career
--editorial practices
--the Hogarth Press
--finance and marketing
--costs and formats
--manufacturing and selling
--the culture industry
--technological developments
--the law, especially censorship
--her relationship with other writers in the marketplace
--marketing Woolf after her death
--Leonard as Woolf’s “agent”: how he managed her career and reputation

You are welcome to call or email me with any questions, comments, or
suggestions (again, the above list is not exhaustive!). Please send your
completed essays--about 6000-8000 words (20-25 pages), MLA format--to me
by July 1, 2008. My contact information is Jeanne Dubino, English,
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608, dubinoja_at_appstate.edu,
828-262-3098, fax: 828-262-2133.

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