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UT Humanities Center's Conversations and Cocktails: "Breaking Boundaries" with Urmila Seshagiri
Urmila Seshagiri, Associate Professor of English, University of Tennessee Knoxville

"Virginia Woolf’s Hidden Memoir"

Decades after Virginia Woolf’s death, scholars discovered “Sketch of the Past,” the author’s unknown, unfinished, and unpublished memoir. When “Sketch of the Past” was published in 1985, critics hailed it as one of Woolf’s most beautiful and important works. However, the only published version of “Sketch” is error-riddled and inauthentic: editors made hundreds of mistakes as they transcribed and combined Woolf’s incomplete drafts. Professor Seshagiri is preparing a new, accurate edition of “Sketch of the Past” for 21st-century readers, and in this conversation, she will describe her adventures in archives, her new discoveries about how Woolf composed her autobiography, and the complex, exhilarating decisions that editors make when they publish unfinished work.

May 27, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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