I have reviewed Carrie Smith and Lisa Stead's The Boundaries of the Literary Archive: Reclamation and Representation (Ashgate, 2013) for Woolf Studies Annual 20 (2014). In her introduction, Stead cites Paul Voss and Marta Werner’s understanding of “the archive” as “both a physical site—an institutional site—a conceptual space whose boundaries are forever changing” (2). As readers turn the pages of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse notebook using Woolf Online, for instance, they might imagine viewing the original artifact in the reading room or Woolf herself holding the notebook, collecting her thoughts as she envisions Lily Briscoe before her painting. As more archival materials become digitally available, The Boundaries of the Literary Archive provides an indispensable resource, inspiring readers to return to primary sources, invigorating their research and teaching with new questions and materials.
I am also Book Review Editor for Woolf Studies Annual and this issue contains reviews by Beth Rigel Daugherty, Jenny McDonnell, Eleanor McNees, Carrie J. Preston, Molly Hite, Gayle Rogers, Bruce Robbins, Michele Wick, Vara Neverow, Anne Dwyer, Cailin Copan-Kelly, Sarah Terry, Elizabeth Sheehan, Anne Donlon, Kristin Anderson, Frances Spalding, Justine Dymond, Deborah Longworth, Elicia Clements, and Adam Parkes.
The full table of contents is online and the issue is available for pre-order at a discount from Pace University Press until April 15, 2014.
Amanda Golden is an Associate Professor of English at New York Institute of Technology. She is the author of Annotating Modernism: Marginalia and Pedagogy from Virginia Woolf to the Confessional Poets (Routledge, 2020) and editor of This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton (UP of Florida, 2016). Her research and teaching interests include American and British literature from the nineteenth century to the present, modernism, poetry and poetics, literary archives, composition, and the digital humanities.