Lit Hub Podcast: Deborah Levy and Merve Emre on Virginia Woolf
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In a conversation hosted by US site Literary Hub, Deborah Levy and Merve Emre discuss what Virginia Woolf means to them and the enduring influence of her work upon their own writing.
This wide-ranging conversation, moderated by Lit Hub Senior Editor Corrinne Segal, will feature an exploration of Woolf’s strength and fragility, how reading writers of the past makes the authors of today, and what we still have to learn from Virginia Woolf.
Deborah Levy FRSL is the author of seven novels: Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography, The Unloved, Billy and Girl, Swimming Home, Hot Milk and The Man Who Saw Everything. She has been shortlisted twice each for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Booker Prize. Her short story collection, Black Vodka, was nominated for the International Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. She is also the author of a formally innovative and emotionally daring trilogy of memoirs, a living autobiography on writing, gender politics and philosophy, the final volume of which, Real Estate, was published in May 2021.
Merve Emre is associate professor of English at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America, The Ferrante Letters, and The Personality Brokers, which was selected as one of the best books of 2018 by the New York Times, the Economist, NPR, CBC, and the Spectator, and informs the CNN/HBO Max documentary feature film Persona. She is the editor of The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway and The Norton Modern Library Mrs. Dalloway.
Corrine Segal is an editor with extensive journalism experience currently helping writers develop narrative nonfiction, longform essays, and news features at Literary Hub, where she is a senior editor. Corrine was the lead online editor for PBS NewsHour’s weekend program, managing our daily news coverage on the weekends while reporting on justice movements and culture. Her work has appeared on PBS NewsHour’s show and website and in Literary Hub, the New York Observer, and Boston Review.
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