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a wonderful example of the sorts of projects one can do with — well, with almost anything, but in this case, with “rediscovered” early women writers: Mary Hays: Life, Writings, and Correspondence. The so-called digital humanities are a perfect fit for the sorts of data-intensive work that needs to be done with so many writers and texts. There are projects out there related to individual writers, as well as broader, more encompassing projects like Project Continua, a project that began with Mary Hay’s Female Biography, or, Memoirs of Illustrious and Celebrated Women (1803), a six-volume biography of exemplary women, and has expanded from there.


More on Woolf

Just saw this story in The Guardian about a commemorative sculpture by Cathy de Monchaux unveiled at Newnham College, Cambridge, which as you will remember is one of the two colleges Virginia Woolf wrote about in 1929:

If a two-storey vulva at an Oxbridge college seems unusual, consider the long history of celebratory representations of female genitalia. We just read Gwerful Mechain’s poem. More recently, in the 1970s Judy Chicago and a team of artists made The Dinner Party, an installation of a life-sized triangular dinner table with plates representing women from history, or more specifically the vulvas of women from history, held at the Brooklyn Museum. (Yes, the exemplary women tradition is alive and well. If evolving.) For more, read

To complete the circle, here is an image of a sketch for Virginia Woolf’s plate:

For full information about this image, go to, scroll down, and click on the slideshow.

[Image of a detail from Cathy de Monchaux, at the top of this post, is from The Guardian.]

Some interesting Woolf resources