Virginia Woolf: The Individual and the Group, PAMLA 2011 (deadline Mar. 20)

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Session organizer: Judith Paltin/ UC Santa Barbara
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Woolf's novels and essays often sustain a central tension between individuals' freedoms or agency and what they perceive groups to demand of them. For example, A Room of One's Own displays the tensions between intellectual freedom and the mind of the crowd, while Orlando wrestles in ambushes set up by means of unstable identity categories. This approved special session looks for papers that discuss Woolf's concerns about the impact of group life on her characters, or that place her literary agonists in proximity to group-driven events and trends between the wars.

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is a regional affiliate of MLA. The 2011 conference will take place November 5-6 at Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Submit paper proposals online by March 20 at and/or directly to