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Urmila Shree Seshagiri
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37996-0001)

A Scholarly Edition of Virginia Woolf's "A Sketch of the Past"

Preparation of a scholarly edition of British writer Virginia Woolf’s (1882-1941) memoir, A Sketch of the Past.

I seek an NEH Summer Stipend to prepare the first scholarly edition of Virginia Woolf’s "A Sketch of the Past." Composed between 1939-1940 but undiscovered until 1976, "A Sketch" is at once a vibrant archive of English literary culture; a record of historical change following Queen Victoria's death; a complex treatise on life-writing; and, above all, a self-portrait of artistic growth. Updated to reflect a detailed, historically rich understanding of Woolf’s literary and professional achievements, a scholarly edition of "A Sketch of the Past" would shine crucial new light on the author’s conception of “the whole world as a work of art.” I will work with Woolf’s original manuscripts and typescripts in the British Library and the University of Sussex, producing an new textual edition of this memoir, the sole piece of autobiographical writing Woolf intended for publication.  My critical introduction will demonstrate scholarly advancements made in the 40 years since the book's original publication.

Project fields:
British Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 7/31/2017