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Faculty Bio

Sparks, Elisa K., Ph.D.

Sparks, Elisa K., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, literary theory and British literature

Office: 613 Strode
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Focus: British Modernism, Virginia Woolf

Research Interest:
Elisa Kay Sparks received her BA in English from Bryn Mawr College and her MA and PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington.

For the English Department, Elisa Kay Sparks teaches Literary Criticism, Feminist Literary Criticism, Science Fiction Literature, and Science Fiction Film, as well as senior and graduate seminars on Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, and Modernist London. She also co-ordinates the Women’s Studies Program and teaches the Introduction to Women’s Studies, and works regularly in the printmaking studio.

Dr. Sparks’ scholarly work is currently mostly concerned with Virginia Woolf, including research on Woolf and gardens, space/place, and the visual arts.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Engendering the Word: Feminist Essays in Psyco-Sexual Politics. Co-editor with Temma F. Berg, Anna Shannon Elfenbein, and Jeanne Larsen. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1989. Print.

Books (In Production or Under Contract)

“Everything tended to set itself in a garden”:Virginia Woolf’s Literary and Quotidian Flowers.  A monograph in the Bloomsbury Heritage Series. London: Cecil Woolf.  Tentative publication June 2011.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

Response to Gabriel McIntire.  Virginia Woolf Miscellany 77 ( Spring/ Summer 2010). 

“Forward into the Past: Virginia Woolf’s Heterotopian Utopian Impulse.”  Virginia Woolf and the City: Proceedings from the Nineteenth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf.  Ed. Elizabeth Evans and Sarah Cornish. CU Digital Press, 2010. 136-42.

Leonard and Virginia's London Library: Mapping London's Tides, Streams and Statues.  Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury, Vol. I. Gina Potts and Lisa Shahriari, eds. London: Palgrave/ Macmillan, 2010, pp.64-74.

Rev. of Modernism, Memory, and Desire: T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf by Gabrielle McIntire. (Cambridge UP 2008).  Virginia Woolf Miscellany  76 (Fall 2009): 24-5.

Introduction. Woolf Studies Miscellany 75.2 (Spring 2009), 1-2. 

“Bloomsbury West: London Bohemians Find a New World in New Mexico.” Woolf Editing/ Editing Woolf: Selected Papers from the Eighteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf.  Ed. Eleanor McNees and Sara Veglahn. Clemson University Digital Press, 2009. 160-5

Rev. of Moving through Modernity: Space and Geography in Modernism  by Andrew Thacker (Manchester UP 2003), Here and Now: The Politics of Social Space in D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf by Youngjoo Son (Routledge 2006), and Locating Woolf: The Politics of Space and Place. Ed. by Anna Snaith and Michael (Palgrave Macmillian 2007)  [New Books on Space/Place in Virginia Woolf Studies.] Woolf Studies Annual 14 (2008): 202-207

“Bloomsbury in Bloom: Virginia Woolf and the History of British Gardens.” Art, Education, and Internationalism: Selected Papers from the Seventeenth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Diana Royer and Madelyn Detloff, eds. Clemson University Digital Press, 2008: pp. 125-130. 

 “Accounting for the Garden: What Leonard’s Record Books Show Us about the Garden at Monk’s House.”  Virginia Woolf Miscellany, 72 (Fall /Winter 2007-2008). 

“’The evening under lamplight…with the photograph album’: To the Lighthouse as Family Scrapbook.” 164-71 in Woolfian Boundaries: Selected Papers from the Sixteenth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf.  Ed. Anna Burrells, Steve, Ellis, Deborah Parsons, and Kathryn Simpson.  Clemson U Digital Press, 2007.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

“Virginia Woolf’s Literary and Quotidian Flowers: A Bar-Graphical Approach." Forthcoming in Virginia Woolf and Nature: Proceedings from the Twentieth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf.  Ed. Kristin Czarnecki and Carrie Rohman. Clemson University Digital Press. Forthcoming.

Rev. of A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections (Distributed for the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornel) by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, Benjamin Harvey, Mark Hussey, and Nancy E. Green 8. For Woolf Studies Annual  2011.

Rev. of  Virginia Woolf and Nature by Christina Alt  (Cambridge UP 2010) South Carolina Review. Forthcoming.

Edited Journals

Guest Editor, Woolf Studies Miscellany.  75.2 (Spring 2009), Special Issue: Country and City in Woolf Studies.  

Co-editor with Helen Southworth (U of Oregon). Woolf and the Art of Exploration: Selected Papers from the Fifteenth International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Clemson U Digital Press, 2006.  Also available on-line through The Virginia Woolf Consortium. 

Conference Presentations (Delivered)

“Virginia Woolf’s Literary and Quotidian Flowers: A Bar-Graphical Approach." Invited Pleanary Presentation at the Twentieth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Georgetown KY, June 2010.