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A Companion to Virginia Woolf

Jessica Berman (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-45788-7
516 pages
March 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Virginia Woolf is a thorough examination of her life, work, and multiple contexts in 33 essays written by leading scholars in the field.

  • Contains insightful and provocative new scholarship and sketches out new directions for future research
  • Approaches Woolf’s writing from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, including modernism, post-colonialism, queer theory, animal studies, digital humanities, and the law
  • Explores the multiple trajectories Woolf’s work travels around the world, from the Bloomsbury Group, and the Hogarth Press to India and Latin America
  • Situates Woolf studies at the vanguard of contemporary literature scholarship and the new modernist studies
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Part I Textual Encounters 11

1 The Lives of Houses: Woolf and Biography 13
Alison Booth

2 The Short Fiction 27
Laura Marcus

3 Silence and Cries: The Exotic Soundscape of The Voyage Out 41
Emma Sutton

4 The Transitory Space of Night and Day 55
Elizabeth Outka

5 Jacob's Room: Occasions of War, Representations of History 67
Vincent Sherry

6 Mrs. Dalloway: Of Clocks and Clouds 79
Paul K. Saint-Amour

7 A Passage to the Lighthouse 95
Maud Ellmann

8 Orlando's Queer Animals 109
Derek Ryan

9 Global Objects in The Waves 121
Jane Garrity

10 The Years and Contradictory Time 137
Anna Snaith

11 Between the Acts: Novels and Other Mass Media 151
Marina MacKay

12 Flush: A Biography: Speaking, Reading, andWriting with the Companion Species 163
Jane Goldman

13 Woolf's Essays, Diaries, and Letters 177
Anne E. Fernald

14 A Room of One's Own in the World: The Pre-life and After-life of Shakespeare's Sister 189
Susan Stanford Friedman

15 Three Guineas and the Politics of Interruption 203
Jessica Berman

Part II ApproachingWoolf 217

16 VirginiaWoolf and the Politics of Class 219
Jean Mills

17 Woolf and the Law 235
Ravit Reichman

18 Woolf and the Natural Sciences 249
Christina Alt

19 DigitalWoolf 263
Mark Hussey

20 Woolf and Crip Theory 277
Madelyn Detloff

21 Woolf and the Visual 291
Maggie Humm

22 FeministWoolf 305
Pamela L. Caughie

23 EcocriticalWoolf 319
Bonnie Kime Scott

24 Woolf,War, Violence, History, and …Peace 333
Sarah Cole

25 QueerWoolf 347
Melanie Micir

Part III Woolf in theWorld 359

26 Woolf, Bloomsbury, and Intimacy 361
Jesse Wolfe

27 Woolf, the Hogarth Press, and Global Print Culture 377
Claire Battershill and Helen Southworth

28 Woolf's Urban Rhythms 397
Tamar Katz

29 Woolf and Geography 411
Andrew Thacker

30 Woolf's Spatial Aesthetics and Postcolonial Critique 427
Nels Pearson

31 Woolf in Translation 441
Genevieve Brassard

32 ReadingWoolf in India 453
Supriya Chaudhuri

33 Woolf in Hispanic Countries: Buenos Aires and Madrid 467
Laura Ma Lojo-Rodriguez

Index 481

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Author Information

Jessica Berman is Professor of English and Director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA. She is the author of Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics and Transnational Modernism (2011) and Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Community (2001), and co-editor of Virginia Woolf Out of Bounds: Selected Papers from the 10th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (2001). She is also co-editor of the Modernist Latitudes book series and second vice-president of the Modernist Studies Association, to succeed to vice-president (2015-16) and president (2016-17).

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Reviews

“A probing and compendious crow’s nest of a handbook that splendidly epitomises the global reach and indisputable genius of the, full-range of Virginia Woolf’s writings. Diligently up-to-the-minute while equally alert to the deeper histories of her critical heritage, it deserves tobecome a standard primer for scholars and general readers alike.”David Bradshaw, University of Oxford
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