Japanese Literature

My blog this month is an interview with Professor Yumi Hirata, Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at the University of Osaka. If you could recommend ten Japanese books to English readers, what would these be – and why? I’ve drawn up the following list based on what has been translated (though I can’t vouch for the quality of the translation) …

Shakespeare’s birthplace

A few years ago I examined a Ph. D. on artists’ houses. The thesis was something of an intellectual departure for me – written by a candidate whose background is in museums rather than literary studies. The thesis explored how houses augment our understanding of the artists who lived there, arguing that the experience is powerful because it engages all …

Things you might not know about Virginia Woolf

  1. ‘Virginia’ was Woolf’s middle name: her full name was Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen). 2. Woolf was born in 1882, the same year as James Joyce; she died in 1941, the same year as James Joyce. They never met. 3. Woolf’s father, Leslie Stephen, was the son-in-law (through his first marriage) of the famous Victorian novelist William Makepeace …

Cambridge Virginia Woolf Edition

Friday saw the launch of the Cambridge edition of the works of Virginia Woolf, a project I have been involved in for the best part of a decade. I thought I’d give a taste of the work we’ve been doing by presenting some of the findings from one of our two pilot volumes, The Waves.   Scholars have known for …