The National Endowment for the Humanities Editions Program awarded a two-year, $175,000 grant to Loyola University for the WoolfOnline Project to mount a knowledge site for Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. The project extends the pilot project focused on the "Time Passes" section of the novel, begun by the late Julia Briggs and completed at De Montfort University's Centre for Textual Scholarship in 2008. (See http://www.WoolfOnline.com.) The new project is under the direction of Professors Pamela Caughie and Peter Shillingsburg at Loyola University Chicago with the assistance of Professor Mark Hussey at Pace University. The technical team consists of Professor George Thiruvathukal and Dr. Nicholas Hayward at Loyola. The project is based at the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, Loyola University Chicago.
The initial idea and overall organization of this project was the work of Julia Briggs (1943-2007), in whose memory the project has been completed. Marilyn Deegan and Peter Shillingsburg are the current co-directors of Woolf Online, 'An Electronic Edition and Commentary on Virginia Woolf's Time Passes'. The chief architect and technical administrator of the site is Nicholas Hayward. Mark Hussey serves as content advisor.
During the last thirty years or more, Virginia Woolf's fiction has generated a massive body of criticism, but surprisingly little of it has drawn upon the extraordinary wealth of surviving source material that Woolf left behind, and the detailed information it can yield as to how her work came to be written. This project takes as its case study a highly experimental passage from one of the greatest twentieth-century novels in the English language 'Time Passes', which formed the central sequence from Virginia Woolf's novel To the Lighthouse (1927). Virginia Woolf composed the first draft between 30th April and 25th May 1926, with an interval of four days, between 10th and 13th May, when she was working on an article on De Quincey for the TLS. The project aims to bring together the different stages of writing that went into the making of 'Time Passes' to create a record of its development in the form of a genetic edition of the text, and to embed that edition in a network of histories and contexts that reconfigure traditional annotation techniques as a system of linked but separate strands of thought, thus producing a new form of literary archaeology.
Permissions to include original documentary and copyrighted materials have been negotiated with the Woolf estate and with the assistance of the Head of Literary Estates of the Society of Authors.