Keynote Speakers

24th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf



Tuzyline Allan

"The Voyage In, Out, and Beyond:
Virginia Woolf After Postcolonialism"


Tuzyline Jita Allan is a professor in the English Department at Baruch College (CUNY). Her areas of specialization include African American and postcolonial literatures, feminist criticism, and writing by women. Her book Womanist and Feminist Aesthetics (1996) was awarded the Northeast Modern Language Association Prize. Other publications include Twelve Best Books by African Women (2009), coeditor; Masculinities in African Literary and Cultural Texts (2010), coeditor; three volumes of Women Writing Africa, co-series editor; and the forthcoming Cambridge edition of Virginia Woolf's first novel, The Voyage Out, co-editor.

In essays, she has compared the writings of Woolf and Alice Walker, Woolf and Nella Larsen, Bessie Head and Ngugi wa Thiong'o. Her research on African women writers has led to critical readings of the novels of Ama Ata Aidoo, Buchi Emecheta, and Lindsay Collen. She published "Modernism, Gender, and Africa" in Gender in Modernism (Bonnie Kime Scott, ed.) and "Feminist Scholarship in Africa" in Women in African Studies: Scholarly Publishing (Cassandra Rachel Veney and Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, eds.). In 2005, Professor Allan received a certificate of achievement award from Pen and Brush, Inc. (an international organization of women artists founded 113 years ago) for her research work in Africa. She is currently writing a book on African women and colonial education.




Mark Hussey

Organizer and chair,
Roundtable on Woolf and Violence

Roundtable participants:
Sarah Cole (Columbia University)
Ashley Foster (Graduate Center of CUNY)
Christine Froula (Northwestern University)
Jean Mills (John Jay College)


Mark Hussey is Professor of English at Pace University in New York City where he also is editorial chair for Pace University Press. Founding editor of Woolf Studies Annual, Hussey has published many books and articles on Woolf, including The Singing of the Real World: The Philosophy of Virginia Woolf's Fiction; Virginia Woolf and War: Fiction, Reality and Myth; and Virginia Woolf A to Z.

Hussey is General Editor of the Harcourt Annotated Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf, for which he edited To the Lighthouse, and is a member of the editorial board of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf, for which he recently edited Between the Acts. Additionally, he is a co-editor of Virginia Woolf Miscellany and founder of the annual conference on Virginia Woolf, begun at Pace University in 1991.





Maud Ellmann

Sylvia Townsend Warner and Virginia Woolf



Maud Ellmann is the Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching interests focus on British and European modernism and critical theory, particularly psychoanalysis and feminism. Her books include The Poetics of Impersonality: T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, The Hunger Artists: Starving, Writing, and Imprisonment, Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism (editor), Elizabeth Bowen: The Shadow Across the Page, and most recently The Nets of Modernism: Henry James, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Sigmund Freud (Cambridge, 2010).

The Nets of Modernism attempts to sharpen our sense of what's been called the "dissolution of the self" in modernist fiction, particularly by exploring the significance of images of bodily violation and exchange - scar, bite, wound, and their psychic equivalents - to the modernist imagination. Professor Ellmann is currently working on several projects, including World War II writing in Britain, the British novelist and poet Sylvia Townsend Warner, and fantasies of bodily disintegration in modernism, ranging from Melanie Klein to Samuel Beckett.