About the Keynotes

First Keynote Address:
Bonnie Kime Scott, “Tracing Garden Networks: Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth von Arnim et al.”
Tuesday, July 19, 2017, 2:00pm

Bonnie Kime Scott

Bonnie Kime Scott is Professor Emerita at San Diego State University, where she served as Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies, and at the University of Delaware, where she began her career in the fields of Irish and modernist literature and helped in the founding of Women’s Studies. Much of her scholarship centers upon issues of gender in modernist literature, including such books as Joyce and FeminismThe Gender of ModernismRefiguring Modernism:  The Women of 1928, Gender in Modernism:  New Geographies, Complex Intersections, and Selected Letters of Rebecca West. A turn toward ecofeminist analysis is shown with In the Hollow of the Wave:  Virginia Woolf and Modernist Uses of Nature, and the monograph Natural Connections:  Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield.  The text book, Women in Culture:  An Intersectional anthology for Gender and Women’s Studies, a collaboration with 3 colleagues at SDSU, was published by Wiley Blackwell last year.  She was a Fulbright Specialist at a women’s college in Pakistan in 2013.  She enjoys volunteering at the San Diego Zoo and at the Water Conservation Garden, and (with her husband Tom) getting together with a far-flung family, now including six grandchildren.

Second Keynote Address:
Christine Froula, “Imaginary Gardens with Real Writers in Them: Elizabeth von Arnim, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf”
Wednesday, July 20, 2017, 4:00pm

“I know of no objects of love that give such substantial and unfailing returns as books and a garden,” wrote Elizabeth von Arnim.  In the spirit of Marianne Moore’s description of poems as “imaginary gardens with real toads in them” presented for inspection by “literalists of the imagination,” this talk explores a comparative poetics of the garden in writings by von Arnim, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf. These late-Victorian/modernist Eves sought green thought in the green shade of actual gardens, then turned from shovel and hoe to pen and ink to meditate on the crossing of lived, human time and space with cosmic time and space that gardens open to contemplation. Sited in metaphysical borderlands of their war- and strife-torn historical world, their imaginary gardens oppose to modernity’s blind destructiveness of the natural world and all life the age-old imperative to cultivate gardens of earth and mind, not for oneself alone but for the sake of the common world–cultiver notre jardin.

Christine Froula, professor of English and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University, has published four books, including Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde: War, Civilization, Modernity, and many articles on literary modernism, feminist and gender theory, genetic criticism.

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