Helen Southworth CV

Helen Southworth                                                                                   

March 2020

Department of English

University of Oregon 

Eugene, OR 97403



Nationality: UK and US


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Southern California, 1999. Advisor: Professor Peggy Kamuf.

B.A., Hons., French with English, University of London, U.K. 1989.

French qualification at Professeur and Maître de Conférence levels (section 11, Langues et littératures anglaises et anglo-saxonnes).

University Appointments

Jan-Dec, 2020: on sabbatical

visiting teaching (translation, French/English) at l’Université de Perpignan Via Domitia

2020-present: Professor, Department of English, University of Oregon

2018-2020: Professor of Literature, Clark Honors College, University of Oregon 

2008-2018.Associate Professor of Literature, Clark Honors College, University of Oregon, 

2006-2008: Assistant Professor of Literature, Clark Honors College, University of Oregon.

2001-2006: Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature, Clark Honors College, University of Oregon. 



Southworth, Helen. 2017. Fresca: A Life in the Making. A Biographer’s Quest for a Forgotten Bloomsbury Polymath. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press. 

Claire Battershill, Helen Southworth, Alice Staveley, Michael Widner, Elizabeth Willson Gordon, and Nicola Wilson.  2017. Scholarly Adventures in Digital Humanities: Making the Modernist Archives Publishing Project.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Southworth, Helen. 2004. The Intersecting Realities and Fictions of Virginia Woolf and Colette. Columbus: Ohio State University Press. 

Edited Volumes:

Southworth, Helen (ed.) 2010. Leonard and Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.  

Southworth, Helen and Elisa K. Sparks (eds.). 2006. Woolf and the Art of Exploration: Selected Proceedings from the Fifteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Clemson, SC: Clemson University Press. 

Digital Humanities Project:  

Modernist Archives Publishing Project (www.modernistarchives.com).  2013-present

Currently funded with a $180K CAN Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant.

Co-founder and Director with Claire Battershill, University of Toronto, Canada; Elizabeth Willson Gordon, The King’s University College, Canada; Alice Staveley, Stanford University, USA; Nicola Wilson, University of Reading, UK and Mike Widner, independent scholar. Other funders include Stanford University’s Text Technologies and the Center for the Study of Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). 


Battershill, Claire, Helen Southworth, Elizabeth Wilson Gordon and Alice Staveley. 

2018. “Modernism, Digital Humanities and Collaboration.” From Practice to Theory: A Forum on the Future of Modernist Digital Humanities. Modernism/modernity: Print plus.


Southworth, Helen.  2016. “Elizabeth Senior: A Life in Pictures.”  Women: A Cultural Review. 

Vol 27, No. 2. 153-176.

Southworth, Helen. 2012. “Virginia Woolf’s Orlando Preface, the Modernist Writer and Networks of Social, Cultural and Financial Capital.”  Woolf Studies Annual.

Southworth, Helen. Jan 2012. “‘Perfect Strangers’?: Francesca Allinson and Virginia Woolf” Virginia Woolf Bulletin.

Southworth, Helen. 2009. “Douglas Goldring’s The Tramp: An Open Air Magazine (1910-1911) and Modernist Geographies.”  Literature and History (18.2 Spring).

Southworth, Helen. 2007. “‘That Subtle and Difficult Thing: A National Spirit’: Ford, Anglo-Saxondom and the ‘Gorgeously English’ George Borrow.”  Ford Madox Ford’s Literary Contacts.  International Ford Madox Ford Studies 6.  Paul Skinner (Ed.). Amsterdam: Rodopi: 25-39.

Southworth, Helen. 2007. “Virginia Woolf’s ‘Wild England’: George Borrow, Autoethnography and Between the Acts.”  Studies in the Novel.  Volume 39, number 2 (Summer 2007): 196-215.

Southworth, Helen. 2005. “‘Mixed Virginia’: Reconciling the ‘Stigma of Nationality’ and the Sting of Nostalgia in the Later Novels of Virginia Woolf.” Woolf Studies Annual 11: 99-132.

Southworth, Helen. 2003. “Correspondence in Two Cultures: The Social Ties that Link Colette and Virginia Woolf.” Journal of Modern Literature 26(2): 81-99.

Southworth, Helen. 2001. “Rooms of Their Own: How Colette Uses Physical and Textual Space to Question a Gendered Literary Tradition.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. Fall: 20 (2): 253-278.

Book Chapters: 

Southworth, Helen. “Virginia Woolf and Literary London.” Forthcoming. Oxford Handbook to 

Virginia Woolf. Oxford University Press. Editor: Anne Fernald.  

Elizabeth Willson Gordon and Helen Southworth. Forthcoming.  “‘Women 

Making Modernism’: Digital Humanities and Modernist Women’s Innovations in 

the Classroom” Options for Teaching Modernist Women's Writing (MLA, Ed. Janine Utell, ed.).  

Oboza, Alina and Helen Southworth. 2019. “On Poets and Publishing Networks: 

Charting the Careers of Charlotte Mew and Anna Wickham.” Women, Periodicals and 

Print Culture in Britain  (Edinburgh University Press, Faith Binckes and Carey Snyder, eds.) 294-312.

Southworth, Helen. 2018. “Virginia Woolf.” Dictionnaire Colette.  Eds. Guy 

Ducrey et Jacques Dupont.  Paris: Classiques Garnier.  1099-1101.

Southworth, Helen and Claire Battershill. 2016. “The Hogarth Press and a Global 

Print Culture.” The Blackwell Companion to Virginia Woolf.  Wiley Blackwell. Ed.

Jessica Berman. 377-396.

Southworth, Helen. 2014. “Introduction.” New edition of Saturday Night at the Greyhound by 

John Hampson (The Hogarth Press 1931). Valancourt Books. 

Southworth, Helen. 2014. “The Bloomsbury Group and the Book Arts.”  Cambridge Companion to the Bloomsbury Group. Ed. Victoria Rosner. Cambridge UP.  144-161.

Southworth, Helen. 2014. With N. Wilson, E. Willson Gordon, A. Staveley and C. Battershill.

               “The Hogarth Press, Digital Humanities and Collaboration:  Introducing

               the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP).” Virginia Woolf and the

               Common(wealth) Reader, edited by Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies (Clemson,

               SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2014).

Southworth, Helen. 2011. “Virginia Woolf et Colette: Deux visions de la sexualité féminine.”

Cahier Colette Editions de l’herne.

Southworth, Helen. 2010. Editor’s Introduction. In Helen Southworth (Ed.) Leonard and 

Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism. Edinburgh: EUP.

Southworth, Helen. 2010. Chapter 8 “‘Going Over’: The Hogarth Press and Working-Class 

Voices”. In Helen Southworth (Ed.) Leonard and Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism. Edinburgh: EUP.

Southworth, Helen. 2007. “The Figure of Interruption in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts.” in Anna Snaith and Michael H. Whitworth (Eds.). Locating Woolf: The Politics of Space and Place. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 46-61.

Southworth, Helen. 2007. “‘Outside the magical (and tyrannical) triangle of London-Oxford-Cambridge’: John Hampson, the Woolfs and the Hogarth Press.”  Woolfian Boundaries: Selected Papers from the Sixteenth Annual Woolf Conference. Eds. Anna Burrells, Steven Ellis, Deborah Parsons and Catherine Simpson. Clemson: Clemson University Press: 43-50.


Southworth, Helen. 2006. Four letters of fan mail written to Virginia Woolf (French to English) in Beth Rigel Daugherty (Ed.). Woolf Studies Annual 12.

Under Contract and in Preparation:

Battershill, Claire, Helen Southworth and Anna Mukamal.  “Scholarly Digital Editions.” 

            Cambridge Companion to Digital Literature. Book chapter in preparation, projected         publication date: 2021.

Nicola Wilson and Helen Southworth. “Women Workers at the Hogarth Press.”  Women in Print.  

            ‘Printing History and Culture’ series, Peter Lang Ltd, ed. Helen Williams.

“Virginia Woolf’s “The Lives of the Obscure,” The Common Reader and the Writing of   History.” 

Women and Publishing 1900-2010.  35-40 chapter edited book history reader in development      with Edinburgh University Press (Ed. With Nicola Wilson, Sophie Heyward, Daniela La            Penna, Alice Staveley and Elizabeth Willson Gordon).

Virginia Woolf and France and Women Workers at the Hogarth Press: Research projects planned for sabbatical leave.


Book Reviews:

Virginia Woolf.  By Alexandra Harris. London: Thames & Hudson, 2011.  Romantic 

Moderns. By Alexandra Harris. Thames & Hudson 2010. Woolf Studies 

Annual 2012.

Virginia Woolf and the Literary Marketplace. Ed. Jeanne Dubino.  New York: Palgrave 2010.  

Forthcoming in Virginia Woolf Miscellany 2012.

Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: The Hidden Heart of Domestic Service. By Alison Light. London: Penguin, 2007. Appears in Woolf Studies Annual Vol. 4, 2008: 165-68.

Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde: War, Civilization, Modernity. By Christine Froula. New York: Columbia University Press. 2005. Appears in Virginia Woolf Miscellany. Fall 2005/Winter 2006: 22-3

Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life. By Julia Briggs. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc. 2005. Appears in Woolf Studies AnnualVolume 12, 2006: 240-2

Reception of Virginia Woolf in Europe. By Mary Ann Caws and Nicola Luckhurst. London: Continuum, 2002; Lily Briscoe’s Chinese Eyes: Bloomsbury, Modernism and China. By Patricia Lawrence. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2003.  Appears in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. Volume 23, Number 1, Spring2004: 141-2.


“Book History and the Digital Humanities: The Modernist Archives Publishing Project, Phase 

            2.” University of Montpellier, October 6, 2020 (date to be confirmed).

“From Modernism’s ‘Lost’ Hope to ‘Paris’ @100: Hope Mirrlees Moving into the Digital Age”

            Opening keynote with Alice Staveley.  “Hope Mirrlees’s Paris: A Poem at 100.”   La        Maison de recherche, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, June 9-10, 2020.

“Virginia Woolf, Tastemaker: The Hogarth Press (1917-1946).”  Université de Perpignan Via 

            Domitia, April 1, 2020.

“Some of the lesser-know women workers at the Hogarth Press.” Women’s History Network. 

London School of Economics Women’s Library. Sept 6-7, 2019.

 “Book History, Digital Humanities and the Diasporic Archive: Building the Modernist Archives 

Publishing Project.” British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS), Postgraduate 

and Early Career Training Day. University of Bristol (invited), March 27, 2019.

“Virginia Woolf’s ‘Lives of the Obscure’ and the Writing of History.” Virginia Woolf and 

History.  SEW: Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes, University of Rouen, 

France. November 8-9, 2018.

“Modernist Archives Publishing Project.” Plenary Roundtable, International Virginia Woolf 

conference. University of Reading, UK. June 29-July 2 2017.

“Book History Meets Digital Humanities: Designing for the Diasporic Archive in the 

Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP).” (invited) With Alice Staveley and Mike Widner. Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University.  Feb 6, 2017.

 “Modernist Archives Publishing Project Poster Session.” And “Roundtable on Digital 

Humanities.” With Alice Staveley and Mike Widner. Modernist Studies Association.  

Pasadena, CA, November 2016.

“Modernist Archives Publishing Project Poster Session.” With Battershill, Staveley and Willson-

Gordon. Modernist Studies Association.  Boston, MA, November 2015.

Keynote Speaker (invited). “Virginia Woolf and Obscurity.” International Virginia Woolf 

Conference: “Virginia Woolf and her Female Contemporaries,” Bloomsburg, PA, June 2015.

Chair, “Modernist Networks,” and roundtable participant, “Issues in the Digital Humanities” 

MSA, Philadelphia, Oct 2014.

“Modernist Archives Publishing Project.” Roundtable with collaborators. International Virginia 

Woolf Conference, Vancouver, BC. June 2013.

“The Lives of Francesca Allinson.”  Clark Honors College Faculty Brown Bag, May 2013.

“The Hunt for Sidney Hunt: A Life in Magazines.”  Modernist Studies Association Conference, 

Las Vegas, October 2012.

The Compleat Biographer conference.  USC, Los Angeles, May 2012.

“Perfect Strangers? Francesca Allinson and Virginia Woolf.” International Virginia Woolf 

Conference, Glasgow, June 9-12, 2011.

Respondent. “Bloomsbury After the Hundred Year Turn.”  Pacific Coast Conference on 

British Studies.  Seattle, March 2011

“The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism” (panel organizer); “Modernist 

Digital Networks” (seminar) Modernist Studies Association Conference, Victoria, 

Canada. November 2010

“New/Renewed Woolf.” Seminar participant.  Modernist Studies Association Conference, 

Nashville, TN, November 2008.

 “Hogarth Press I” and “Hogarth Press II.”  Chair and introduction.  Eighteenth Annual 

Virginia Woolf Conference, University of Denver, Denver, CO.  June 2008.

“Douglas Goldring’s The Tramp and Modernist Geographies.”  Modernist Studies Association Conference, Long Beach, CA.  November 2007.

“‘Outside the magical (and tyrannical) triangle of London-Oxford-Cambridge’: The Woolfs, the Hogarth Press and John Hampson” Sixteenth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, Birmingham University, U.K. June 2006.

“Virginia Woolf’s Wild England: George Borrow, Domestic Ethnography and Between the Acts.” Fifteenth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, Lewis and Clark University, Portland, OR, June 2005.

“Rereading Colette in a Comparative Context.” Organizer and Respondent, Modern Language Association Conference, San Diego, December 2003.

“Virginia Woolf and the Question of Influence.” Organizer and Respondent, North American Conference on British Studies. Portland, Oregon. October, 2003.

“Foreignness and Modernity in the work of Virginia Woolf.” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, San Marcos, California, April 2003.

“Mixed Virginia: The Foreign Woman in Virginia Woolf.” Twelfth Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, June 2002.

“Who’s afraid of Colette? Virginia Woolf’s Unexplored French Connection.” Eleventh Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference, University of Wales, Bangor, June 2001.

“‘Rhododendrons in the Strand; Mammoths in Piccadilly’: Questions of Space in the Novels of Virginia Woolf.” Sixth Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference, Clemson University, South Carolina, June 1996.

“Hélène Cixous: Writing/Death.” American Comparative Literature Association Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Riverside, April 1993.


Interview with Radio France Culture; “Grande traversée: Virginia Woolf, la traversée des 

apparences.” Host Simonetta Greggio. Aired July 22-26, 2019.


Grants and Awards:

2019: with Mark Whalan and Paul Peppis. UO CAS Program grant for MSA 2022.

2018-2023: Collaborator (Battershill and Willson Gordon, Primary Investigator and co PI) for Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP), Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant: $180,000.

2016-2018: Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and the Roberta Bowman Denning Initiative in Digital Humanities at Stanford, for MAPP. $25,000. 

2017: Global Initiatives Office, University of Oregon, travel grant.

2016: Publication support grant for Fresca. Oregon Humanities Center, University of Oregon. 

2016: Stanford University’s Text Technologies for MAPP, $10,000. 

2013-2015: Collaborator (Battershill and Willson Gordon, Primary Investigator and co PI). Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)  Insight Development Grant, $65,000. 

2012: Course release. Center for the Study of Women in Society.

2008: Summer Research Award. University of Oregon. 

2006: Publication support grant. Oregon Humanities Center. 

2004: Publication support grant. Oregon Humanities Center. 

2003: Travel grant. Center for the Study of Women in Society. 

2003: Inter-University Consortium for Social Science Research Fellowship. University of Michigan. 

University Service:

2019-: UO Common Reading Committee

2016-2018: Undergraduate Council                                                   

2016-: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee                       

2015-2018: CAS Digital Humanities Advisory Committee                          

2014-2016: Scholastic Review Committee                                         

2009-2012: Oregon Humanities Center Advisory Board Member    

2009-2011: Jane Higdon Award Committee, CSWS                                     

2005-2007: College Advisor. University of Oregon.                                     

PhD Thesis Committees: 2018: Helen Huang (English); 2017: Eleanor Wakefield (English) 

2015: Matthew Hannah (English); 2014: Jenny Noyce (English); 2014: Jiyoung Yoon (English) 


CHC Departmental Service

College Life Committee, Chair 2018-19 

CHC Admissions Committee 2018-19

Admissions Advisory Committee 2019-

Third Year Review Committee, Chair (Williams), 2019

Oxford/London Overseas Study Program Coordinator, 2019

Search Committee, Career Instructor (Literature), 2018

Search Committee for CHC Dean, 2018

Promotion Committee Member (Sutherland) 2017-18

Chair, 6th Year Promotion & Tenure (Balbuena) 2018

Co-Chair, Director of Advising Search Committee 2015

Undergraduate Committee 2015-2016 (chair)

Curriculum Committee 2014-2015; 2016-17

Head, Tenure Committee 2012-2013 (Lim)

Executive Committee 2011-2013

Third Year Review Committee 2010 (Lim)

Member, Tenure Review Committee 2009-2010 (Balbuena)

Advising Report, Honors College 2009

Thesis Orientation Review Report (with Hopkins and Rosenberg), 2009

Admissions, Honors College 2008-2011, 2014-2015

Search committee, Literature, Honors College, Fall 2008. (Cheng)

Faculty Advisor to The Chapman Review/Ephemera, the Honors College Creative Arts Journal, University of Oregon. 2003-2004, 2005-2013.

Honors College Representative, Honors College Thesis Committees, University of Oregon, 2003-present.

Other service:

External tenure reviewer.

External PhD Vivas:

Thesis Jury Member for Soutenance de Thèse of Frances Egan, (Vialatte’s Battling le Ténébreux), Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, June 18, 2019.

Alina Obozo, Department of English, University of Tromso, Norway.  Defense May 2017.

External Examiner PhD Thesis: Claire Battershill, University of Toronto, Canada. 2012.

Reviewer for: Woolf Studies Annual; Mosaic; Twentieth Century Literature,

a/b Auto./Biography Studies; English; Literature & History; Arab Journal of the Humanities, 

Cambridge University Press; Ohio State UP. 

Program Committee (with Paul Peppis and Mark Whalan) Modernist Studies Association conference 2022, Portland, Oregon.

Program Committee for International Virginia Woolf Society Annual Conference, Portland, 2004, Denver, 2008, and Reading, UK 2017.

Editorial Board, Woolf Studies Annual 2016-

University Teaching:

Literature of World War I 

Environmental Literature 

Researching Little Magazines; Modernist Little Magazines 

Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group: Word and Image 



Contemporary British Writing (fiction and non-fiction); New Nature Writing; Women’s Writing

Digital Humanities 

Studying a Single Author: Virginia Woolf 

Black British Fiction/British Immigrant Fiction (multicultural class) 

Immigrant Fictions: Belonging and Placelessness in Contemporary European Literature

Contemporary British Fiction 

Digital Humanities (with Modernism focus; with diversity/multicultural focus) 

The Graphic Memoir (multicultural focus) 

Introduction to Fiction

Twentieth Century Literature

Children’s Literature

Creative Industries

3 term literature survey, ancient world to present, with a variety of emphases 

Thesis Orientation 

Thesis Prospectus preparation class