Review: Woolf Online
Woolf Online presents a genetic edition of a "highly experimental passage" from Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. The project was inspired by Professor Julia Briggs who hoped to "allow students and scholars to see [Woolf's] writing as a fluid process taking place in particular locations and at particular times in relation to other contemporaneous events." The edition includes four layers: the initial manuscript; the typescript sent to Charles Mauron (that represents an intermediate stage between the manuscript and marked-up proofs); the proofs, with Woolf's corrections, used by the printers; and the first printed editions that appeared in Britain and the US. The site aims to present the different stages of writing in a historical context by including newspaper articles, excerpts from Woolf's diary, letters, and biographical and visual materials of the Stephen family. The project was initiated by Professor Julia Briggs at De Montfort University and continued by Professor Marilyn Deegan of King's College and Peter Shillingsburg of Loyola University. The Woolf Estate and The Head of Literary Estates of the Society of Authors granted permission for the use of Woolf's primary and copyrighted material. The current project is funded by by the British based Leverhulme Trust. Since the launch of Woolf Online in 2008, The National Endowment for the Humanities Editions Program has funded Loyola University to continue the work of mounting a "knowledge site" for the entire text of To the Lighthouse.
Author: Jana Millar Usiskin
Word Count: 233
Word Count: 233
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