[Vwoolf] Religion around Virginia Woolf

Margaret Tudeau mtudeau at fastmail.fm
Mon Feb 11 04:04:19 EST 2019

Dear all,

I was delighted to see this recommendation of Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own by the French actress and activist Juliette Binoche in yesterday’s issue of Femina; J’invite les femmes à lire le livre inspirant de Virginia Woolf, Une chambre à soi, pour s’inventer des temps de création, nourrir leur âme.

Here’s the link for those of you who would like to read the entire interview: https://www.femina.fr/article/juliette-binoche-je-puise-mon-energie-en-etant-dans-la-vie <https://www.femina.fr/article/juliette-binoche-je-puise-mon-energie-en-etant-dans-la-vie>.

Best wishes,

> On 25 Jan 2019, at 18:39, Michael Schrimper via Vwoolf <vwoolf at lists.osu.edu> wrote:
> Here's a short piece from the Harvard Gazette about a new book on Virginia Woolf and religion: 
> https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/01/scholar-uncovers-virginia-woolfs-desire-to-re-create-sacred-community/ <https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/01/scholar-uncovers-virginia-woolfs-desire-to-re-create-sacred-community/>
> In her forthcoming book, “Religion around Virginia Woolf,” Paulsell explores the ways that the novelist’s engagement with religion went far beyond the question of belief to include “studying the history of religions; reading the Bible … studying religious art and thinking about her own art in relation to it; drawing in complex ways upon religious language and religious themes both in her novels and in her reflections on the practices of reading and writing; and creating a literature that did, and continues to do, a kind of religious work.” Moreover, Woolf was an insightful, often scathing critic of clergy who failed to deliver in ritual the kind of transcendent, meaningful experience she strived for in art, and in life.
> “Virginia Woolf was raised by Victorian agnostics to think that people who believed in God were not facing reality,” says Paulsell, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “She once wrote to her sister that ‘there’s something obscene in a living person sitting by the fire and believing in God.’ But her novels are full of religious language: consecration, revelation, soul, spirit. For me, she is a generative religious thinker.” 
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