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Woolf Online - Team Members



  • Professor Julia Briggs - Read More

  • Julia Ruth Briggs born December 30 1943; died August 16 2007

    Professor Julia Briggs, Director of the Woolf Online Project, died on 16 August 2007 after a short illness. She is sorely missed by the Project, which grew out of her fascination with Virginia Woolf’s methods of composition and with the diverse factors which influenced the composition of one of Woolf’s most experimental pieces of writing: the ‘Time Passes’ section of To The Lighthouse.

    Julia was a writer and critic of extraordinary breadth: her interests encompassed children’s literature; ghost stories; Shakespeare and Renaissance drama (especially Middleton and Marlowe); modernism; women's writing in early modern England and late nineteenth and early twentieth century literature; psychology; and of course, Virginia Woolf. Her magnum opus on Woolf, published in 2005 (Virginia Woolf: an Inner Life), was received with great critical acclaim: it was described in The Times as ‘quietly wonderful’, and by the New York Times as ‘intelligent and well-researched’. Julia was also an inspired and dedicated teacher who was greatly loved by the many students who had the good fortune to be taught by her. She gave unsparingly of her time and her intellect to her students, many of whom, because of her formative influence, have gone on to become writers and critics themselves. Julia was ever generous, and the success of her friends, colleagues and students always gave her great pleasure. She was delighted and astonished to be awarded the OBE in 2006 for her services to English literature and education. I was staying with her when the OBE letter arrived, and with typical modesty she initially dismissed it as a joke that one of her sons must have played on her!

    Outside of academic life, Julia had many interests. She loved gardening, and latterly had become deeply concerned about environmental issues: she was one of the founder members of the Brighton Green Women, an environmental pressure group. She also loved to travel, and one of her happiest times was the year she spent in Paris working on the final stages of An Inner Life. And of course her family and friends were of central importance in her life.

    Julia was a person of beauty, wit, grace and courage. She accepted the inevitability of her impending death with a humour which rather disconcerted her friends: she would ring people up and say ‘Hello darling, how are you? I’m dying!’ To the last her hospital room was filled with family, friends, love, laughter and flowers, and she never lost her interest in and concern for others. I am proud to have been her friend.

    Many obituaries were published at the time of her death; the one that probably captures her essence best is that by Alison Light in The Guardian.

    Marilyn Deegan

  • Professor Peter Shillingsburg - Loyola University, Chicago, USA
  • Professor Marilyn Deegan - King's College London, London, UK

Technical Development Officer

  • Dr Nick Hayward

Consultant and Collaborative Editor

  • Professor Pamela Caughie - Loyola University, Chicago, USA
  • Professor Mark Hussey - Pace University, New York, USA


  • Dr Marion Dell
  • Professor Michael Lackey - University of Minnesota, Morris, USA
  • Professor Alison Light - Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK


The project team of Woolf Online, both directors and technical development officer, would like to offer our thanks to all contributors and consultants. In particular, our sincere thanks to those named above for their assistance, contributions, and advice. It is much appreciated.