Leslie Kathleen Hankins, professor in the department of English and Creative Writing and President of the International Virginia Woolf Society, is now immersed as well in the Book Arts (letterpress, artists books, broadsides, and more). She has published extensively on Woolf and enjoys bringing creative multi-tasking into classes on Wilderness and the Arts (at the Boundary Waters), the little magazines and presses of modernism, avant-garde films of the 1920s, women film directors, Hitchcock, films and literature of WWI, and introduction to the book arts. A founding member of Foxden Press, she initiated archival research projects on Winifred Mayne Van Etten, a beloved member of the English department who in 1936 won the coveted Atlantic Monthly novel prize for her Depression-era feminist pioneering novel, I am the Fox. Current creative/research projects include Woolf, the book arts, and silent film, and an artist's book series, Containing Woolf.
Recent Conferences Attended
- Professor Hankins attended the Modern Language Association convention in Chicago in January, 2014 where she chaired a session on Virginia Woolf and hosted the International Virginia Woolf Society dinner. In June 2014 she returned to Chicago, to deliver a paper at the 24th annual Virginia Woolf conference at Loyola University.
- Hankins sponsored David Reischman for a poster project for the Student Symposium in Spring 2014; his project worked with the Winifred Mayne Van Etten archives at Cornell College, as he transcribed audio interviews with Van Etten, excavated lost letters, and discovered his passion for archival research.