Elizabeth Abel With Her Book on Virginia Woolf's Writing, "Odd Affinities"

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 pm when author ELIZABETH ABEL comes to read from, discuss, and sign copies of her new book Odd Affinities: Virginia Woolf's Shadow Genealogies.  Experience a new reading of Virginia Woolf in the context of “long modernism.” She will be joined in conversation by CLAIRE KAHANE.

This is a free event, but you must pre-register on Eventbrite or at the store to guarantee seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of Odd Affinities.

In recent decades, Virginia Woolf’s contribution to literary history has been located primarily within a female tradition. Elizabeth Abel dislodges Woolf from her iconic place within this tradition to uncover her shadowy presence in other literary genealogies. Abel elicits unexpected echoes of Woolf in four major writers from diverse cultural contexts: Nella Larsen, James Baldwin, Roland Barthes, and W. G. Sebald. By mapping the wayward paths of what Woolf called “odd affinities” that traverse the boundaries of gender, race, and nationality, Abel offers a new account of the arc of Woolf’s career and the transnational modernist genealogy constituted by her elusive and shifting presence. Odd Affinities will appeal to students and scholars working in New Modernist studies, comparative literature, gender and sexuality studies, and African American studies.

ELIZABETH ABEL is the John F. Hotchkis Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Virginia Woolf and the Fictions of Psychoanalysis and Signs of the Times: The Visual Politics of Jim Crow and the editor or coeditor of four collections, most recently, Female Subjects in Black and White: Race, Psychoanalysis, Feminism.

CLAIRE KAHANE is a Professor of English Emerita at the University at Buffalo and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. A feminist-psychoanalytic critic, she has written on modern American and British fiction, Gothic literature, and Holocaust trauma. Her book Passions of the Voice: Hysteria, Narrative and the Figure of the Speaking Woman, 1850-1915 (1995) concludes with a chapter on Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out. A memoir, Nine Lives: Adventures in Pursuit of a Self, is forthcoming later this year from Brandylane Publishers, Inc.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on April 25th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

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WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Odd Affinities: Virginia Woolf's Shadow Genealogies By Professor Elizabeth Abel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226832678
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of Chicago Press - April 19th, 2024