Elicia A. Clements

Department of English
Department of Humanities

Associate Professor

Office: Vanier College, 247
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 33712
Emailelicia@yorku.ca

Elicia Clements is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Humanities and English. She has published several works on the interdisciplinary connections between the art forms of literature and music. She has co-edited a collection of essays with Lesley J. Higgins titled Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts, which was published in 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan, UK. With the assistance of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, she has written a book-length study on Woolf's treatment of language, music, and sound in her novels. Currently, she is working on a project entitled Modernist Literary Musics with the aid of a SSHRC Insight Grant.

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Elicia Clements has published several works on the interdisciplinary connections between the art forms of literature and music. In addition to establishing links between Ludwig van Beethoven’s late compositions and Virginia Woolf’s narrative method in The Waves, she has published on the performative interchange between the words and the music of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera, The Mother of Us All. She has also co-edited a collection of essays with Lesley J. Higgins titled Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts, which was published in 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan, UK. Currently, with the assistance of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, she is revising a book-length study on Woolf's treatment of language, music, and sound in her novels and working on a new project entitled Modernist Literary Musics with the aid of a SSHRC Insight Grant.

Degrees

PhD in English Literature , York University
MA in English Literature , York University
BA (Honours) in English Literature , University of Western Ontario
BMus (Honours) in Music Education , University of Western Ontario


Research Interests

Modernism, Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender Studies

Selected Publications

"The Efficacy of Performance: Musical Events in The Years." Virginia Woolf and Music. Ed. Adriana Varga. Indiana UP, 2014.

"Oscar Wilde's Music: A Critical Response to Walter Pater." The Pater Newsletter. 59/60 (Spring/Fall 2011): 4-16.

Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts. Eds. Elicia Clements and Lesley J. Higgins. Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2010.

''We Cannot Retrace Our Steps': Sonorous Performativity in Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All.' Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies 59 (November 2006): 1-18.

"Transforming Musical Sounds into Words: Narrative Method in Virginia Woolf's The Waves." Narrative: The Journal of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature 13.2 (May 2005): 160-81.

"Virginia Woolf, Ethel Smyth, and Music: Listening as a Productive Mode of Social Interaction." College Literature. 32.3 (July 2005): 51-71.

Selected Publications

"The Efficacy of Performance: Musical Events in The Years." Virginia Woolf and Music. Ed. Adriana Varga. Indiana UP, 2014.

"Oscar Wilde's Music: A Critical Response to Walter Pater." The Pater Newsletter. 59/60 (Spring/Fall 2011): 4-16.

Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts. Eds. Elicia Clements and Lesley J. Higgins. Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2010.

''We Cannot Retrace Our Steps': Sonorous Performativity in Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All.' Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies 59 (November 2006): 1-18.

"Transforming Musical Sounds into Words: Narrative Method in Virginia Woolf's The Waves." Narrative: The Journal of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature 13.2 (May 2005): 160-81.

"Virginia Woolf, Ethel Smyth, and Music: Listening as a Productive Mode of Social Interaction." College Literature. 32.3 (July 2005): 51-71.

All Publications

Books

Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts. Eds. Elicia Clements and Lesley J. Higgins. Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2010.

Book Chapters

"The Efficacy of Performance: Musical Events in The Years." Virginia Woolf and Music. Ed. Adriana Varga. Indiana UP, 2014.

"The Efficacy of Performance: Musical Events in The Years." Virginia Woolf and Music. Ed. Adriana Varga. Bloomington & Indiana: Indiana University Press, June 2014. 180-203.

"Pater's Musical Imagination: The Aural Architecture of 'The School of Giorgione' and Marius the Epicurean." Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts. Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2010. 152-66.

Introduction. With Lesley Higgins. Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts. Eds. Elicia Clements and Lesley J. Higgins. Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2010.

Journal Articles

''We Cannot Retrace Our Steps': Sonorous Performativity in Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All.' Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies 59 (November 2006): 1-18.

"Transforming Musical Sounds into Words: Narrative Method in Virginia Woolf's The Waves." Narrative: The Journal of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature 13.2 (May 2005): 160-81.

"Virginia Woolf, Ethel Smyth, and Music: Listening as a Productive Mode of Social Interaction." College Literature. 32.3 (July 2005): 51-71.

"A Different Hearing: Voicing Night and Day." Virginia Woolf Bulletin. 11 (September 2002): 32-39.

"Oscar Wilde's Music: A Critical Response to Walter Pater." The Pater Newsletter. 59/60 (Spring/Fall 2011): 4-16.

Conference Proceedings

'Reconfigured Terrain: Aural Architecture in Woolf's Novels.' Woolf and the City: Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Sarah Cornish and Elizabeth Evans. Oregon: Clemson UP, 2010.

"'As Springy as a Racehorse': Ethel Smyth's Female Pipings in Eden as Rejoinder to Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own." Rock Blaster, Bridge Builder, Road Paver: The Composer Ethel Smyth. Eds. Cornelia Bartsch, Rebecca Grotjahn and Melanie Unseld. Munich: Allitera Verlag, 2010. 55-69.

Conference Papers

"Reconfigured Terrain: Aural Architecture in Woolf's Novels" at Woolf and the City: Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. New York City, New York. June 2009.

"'As Springy as a Racehorse': Ethel Smyth's Female Pipings in Eden as Rejoinder to Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own" publication of conference proceedings at the International Symposium on Ethel Smyth, University of Paderborn and the Academy of Music Detmold, Germany 6–9 November 2008.

"Aural Understanding: Pater's "wandering waves of sound" at the International Walter Pater Society Conference. Rutgers University, New Jersey. July 2006.

"'Booked Passage': Spatial Agency in James Joyce's 'Eveline'" at Narrative: An International Conference. Ottawa. April 2006.

"Sonorous Performativity in Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All" at the Performance Studies International Conference. Rhode Island. April 2005.

"Re-making the Grand Tour(ism): Virginia Woolf's Narrative of Place in Greece" panel presentation at the Modernist Studies Association Conference. Vancouver, B.C. October 2004.

Book Reviews

Rev. of Brad Bucknell's Literary Modernism and Musical Aesthetics: Pater, Pound, Joyce, and Stein. The Pater Newsletter. 46 (Spring 2003): 5-9.

Rev. of Paula Gillett's Musical Women in England, 1870-1914: "Encroaching on All Man's Privileges." Victorian Review. 28.2 (2002): 96-99.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/CLTR2100 6.0  Questioning Culture LECT  
Fall 2017 AP/EN4583 3.0  Virginia Woolf SEMR  


Elicia Clements is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Humanities and English. She has published several works on the interdisciplinary connections between the art forms of literature and music. She has co-edited a collection of essays with Lesley J. Higgins titled Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts, which was published in 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan, UK. With the assistance of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, she has written a book-length study on Woolf's treatment of language, music, and sound in her novels. Currently, she is working on a project entitled Modernist Literary Musics with the aid of a SSHRC Insight Grant.


Elicia Clements has published several works on the interdisciplinary connections between the art forms of literature and music. In addition to establishing links between Ludwig van Beethoven’s late compositions and Virginia Woolf’s narrative method in The Waves, she has published on the performative interchange between the words and the music of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera, The Mother of Us All. She has also co-edited a collection of essays with Lesley J. Higgins titled Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts, which was published in 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan, UK. Currently, with the assistance of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, she is revising a book-length study on Woolf's treatment of language, music, and sound in her novels and working on a new project entitled Modernist Literary Musics with the aid of a SSHRC Insight Grant.

Degrees

PhD in English Literature , York University
MA in English Literature , York University
BA (Honours) in English Literature , University of Western Ontario
BMus (Honours) in Music Education , University of Western Ontario

Research Interests:

Modernism, Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender Studies

All Publications

Books

Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts. Eds. Elicia Clements and Lesley J. Higgins. Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2010.

Book Chapters

"The Efficacy of Performance: Musical Events in The Years." Virginia Woolf and Music. Ed. Adriana Varga. Indiana UP, 2014.

"The Efficacy of Performance: Musical Events in The Years." Virginia Woolf and Music. Ed. Adriana Varga. Bloomington & Indiana: Indiana University Press, June 2014. 180-203.

"Pater's Musical Imagination: The Aural Architecture of 'The School of Giorgione' and Marius the Epicurean." Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts. Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2010. 152-66.

Introduction. With Lesley Higgins. Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts. Eds. Elicia Clements and Lesley J. Higgins. Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2010.

Journal Articles

''We Cannot Retrace Our Steps': Sonorous Performativity in Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All.' Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies 59 (November 2006): 1-18.

"Transforming Musical Sounds into Words: Narrative Method in Virginia Woolf's The Waves." Narrative: The Journal of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature 13.2 (May 2005): 160-81.

"Virginia Woolf, Ethel Smyth, and Music: Listening as a Productive Mode of Social Interaction." College Literature. 32.3 (July 2005): 51-71.

"A Different Hearing: Voicing Night and Day." Virginia Woolf Bulletin. 11 (September 2002): 32-39.

"Oscar Wilde's Music: A Critical Response to Walter Pater." The Pater Newsletter. 59/60 (Spring/Fall 2011): 4-16.

Conference Proceedings

'Reconfigured Terrain: Aural Architecture in Woolf's Novels.' Woolf and the City: Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Sarah Cornish and Elizabeth Evans. Oregon: Clemson UP, 2010.

"'As Springy as a Racehorse': Ethel Smyth's Female Pipings in Eden as Rejoinder to Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own." Rock Blaster, Bridge Builder, Road Paver: The Composer Ethel Smyth. Eds. Cornelia Bartsch, Rebecca Grotjahn and Melanie Unseld. Munich: Allitera Verlag, 2010. 55-69.

Conference Papers

"Reconfigured Terrain: Aural Architecture in Woolf's Novels" at Woolf and the City: Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. New York City, New York. June 2009.

"'As Springy as a Racehorse': Ethel Smyth's Female Pipings in Eden as Rejoinder to Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own" publication of conference proceedings at the International Symposium on Ethel Smyth, University of Paderborn and the Academy of Music Detmold, Germany 6–9 November 2008.

"Aural Understanding: Pater's "wandering waves of sound" at the International Walter Pater Society Conference. Rutgers University, New Jersey. July 2006.

"'Booked Passage': Spatial Agency in James Joyce's 'Eveline'" at Narrative: An International Conference. Ottawa. April 2006.

"Sonorous Performativity in Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All" at the Performance Studies International Conference. Rhode Island. April 2005.

"Re-making the Grand Tour(ism): Virginia Woolf's Narrative of Place in Greece" panel presentation at the Modernist Studies Association Conference. Vancouver, B.C. October 2004.

Book Reviews

Rev. of Brad Bucknell's Literary Modernism and Musical Aesthetics: Pater, Pound, Joyce, and Stein. The Pater Newsletter. 46 (Spring 2003): 5-9.

Rev. of Paula Gillett's Musical Women in England, 1870-1914: "Encroaching on All Man's Privileges." Victorian Review. 28.2 (2002): 96-99.


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/CLTR2100 6.0  Questioning Culture LECT  
Fall 2017 AP/EN4583 3.0  Virginia Woolf SEMR