Virginia Woolf Miscellany Issue #97 CFP

deadline for submissions: 
September 29, 2019
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Virginia Woolf Miscellany

CFP: Virginia Woolf Miscellany Issue #97 Spring 2020
Submissions Due: 29 Septmeber 2019

Special Topic:
Virginia Woolf: Mobilizing Emotion, Feeling, and Affect

Guest Editor: Celiese Lypka

This issue of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany seeks essays on Woolf’s exploration of emotions and feelings in her work and life, asking further how these states are mobilized into affective reactions and/or actions. In the introduction to The Affect Theory Reader, Melissa Gregg and Greg Seigworth outline affect as the “vital forces insisting beyond emotion— that can serve to drive us toward movement ... that can likewise suspend us ... or that can even leave us overwhelmed by the [world].” With this in mind, the following questions might be considered: How does Woolf explore the politics and aesthetics of feelings? In her writings, how do feeling and emotions become affect; in what ways are bodies made to be orientated or disorientated; is there a relation to gender and how is affect embodied in different bodies? What might be Woolf’s theory of affect, and how might it be productive or potentially problematic? How does this theory of affect evolve over Woolf’s writings? Topics related to feminist and queer readings, illness and depression, as well as desire and orientations are encouraged—other approaches are also welcomed.

Submissions should be no longer than 2500 words. Please send inquiries or submissions to