Alice Staveley

Alice Staveley is Lecturer and Director of Honors in the Department of English, Stanford University.  She won Stanford’s 2017 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, and has published extensively in books and journals on Virginia Woolf’s role as self-publisher, including her relationships with women in the publishing industry, most notably her “lost” marketing agent, Norah Nicholls.  Her book, Virginia Woolf and the Making of Modernism, is in progress.  With her MAPP colleagues, she has published Scholarly Adventures in Digital Humanities (Palgrave, 2017).  She is currently PI on “Buying and Selling Modernism,” a Roberta Bowman Denning Fund Initiative for Humanities and Technologies at Stanford, to transcribe all Hogarth Press financial and distribution records between 1917 and 1946.

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Collaborative Modernisms, Digital Humanities, and Feminist Practice

Nancy Cunard began printing alone in 1927—in a heat wave no less, as she notes in her posthumously published memoir, These Were the Hours (1969)—and struggled her way through the difficult early stages of learning how to make serviceable prints on an Albion press.[1] She quickly realized, however, that she would need help if the Hours Press were ever to become a successful small publishing house. In 1928, she therefore initiated her well-known collaboration with her lover, the jazz musician Henry Crowder, turning the printing room into a space where, as Jeremy Braddock has recently argued, “Cunard’s advocacy of radical race politics” was often perceived by others as working “in concert with the open publicizing of her own romantic relationships with black men.”[2]