A Companion to Virginia Woolf

A Companion to Virginia Woolf

A Companion to Virginia Woolf

A Companion to Virginia Woolf

Synopsis

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

Excerpt

Virginia Woolf’s legacy, reputation, and popularity seem to expand daily. Students and scholars of modernism read her at all levels of the curriculum, while she also continues to inspire interest in gender, women’s, and sexuality studies. Her work is widely anthologized and excerpted, while her persona and image permeate contemporary culture. And, yet, we do not have the kinds of resources surrounding her work that exist for other authors of this significance. Standardized scholarly editions such as the Harcourt Virginia Woolf Annotated Editions, the Shakespeare Head Press Edition of Virginia Woolf, the Oxford World’s Classics editions, and the Cambridge Edition of Virginia Woolf have begun to emerge in recent years as Woolf’s work comes out of copyright protection. But, while scholarship abounds, there are no Norton Critical or Bedford Cultural editions, only a small number of stand-alone introductions and just a few general collections of essays, most notably The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf (2nd edition 2010), edited by Susan Sellers, and Virginia Woolf in Context (2012), edited by Bryony Randall and Jane Goldman. My hope is that, along with these recent texts, A Companion to Virginia Woolf will help seed a new crop of Woolf resources, which will sustain her growing significance in the twenty-first century.

A Companion to Virginia Woolf offers a state-of-the-art introduction to the study of Woolf, as well as insightful and provocative essays from top critics in the field that will have much to offer seasoned readers. the volume provides an entrée into each of her major works while connecting Woolf studies to major currents in contemporary scholarship on modernism and post-colonialism. Entries in sections on “Approaching Woolf” and “Woolf in the World” highlight the various approaches employed by Woolf scholars today to understand the multi-dimensionality of her writing as well as the critical trajectories it travels when understood within transnational contexts.

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