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.]

Blogging prompts

If you are having difficulty blogging about Woolf, you might have a look at this 1929 review of A Room of One’s Own, and assess it:

And here are some more recent pieces, all from The Guardian: