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Canonicity and Commercialization in Woolf's Uniform Edition
English Faculty Research
  • John K. Young, Marshall University
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Conference Proceeding
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This paper considers Virginia Woolf the publisher alongside Virginia Woolf the author. While the Hogarth Press has long been known for making Woolf "the only woman in England free to write what I like," it also made her free to be published as she liked. Hogarth, Jane Marcus argues, "gave Woolf a way of negotiating the terms of literary publicity, and a space somewhere between the private, the coterie, and the public sphere" (144-5). I will examine one such negotiation, the Uniform Edition of Woolf's works, a series designed to capitalize on her growing recognition and marketability. Once the Woolfs had become, in Leonard's words, "more or less ordinary publishers" (Rosenbaum, 7), they began marketing their books in "more or less ordinary" ways, and these included a construction of Woolf through the Uniform Edition as both canonical and commercial, a crucial combination, I will conclude, for modernist women writers.

This article is part of the Selected Papers From the Ninth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf University of Delaware, June 10-13, 1999, and is reprinted with permission.

©2000 Pace University Press

Citation Information
Young, John K. “Canonicity and Commercialization in Woolf’s Uniform Edition.” In Proceedings of the 9th Annual Virginia Woolf Conference: Virginia Woolf Turning the Centuries, eds. Bonnie Kime Scott and Ann Ardis (Pace University Press, 2000): 236-243.