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Virginia Woolf

Twenty-First-Century Approaches

Edited by Jeanne Dubino, Gill Lowe, Vara Neverow, Kathryn Simpson

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Reconsiders Virginia Woolf’s work for the 21st century focusing on coevolution, duality and contradiction

These 11 newly commissioned essays represent the evolution, or coevolution, of Woolf studies in the early 21st-century. Divided into 5 parts – Self and Identity; Language and Translation; Culture and Commodification; Human, Animal and Nonhuman; and Gender, Sexuality and Multiplicity – the essays represent the most recent scholarship on the subjective, provisional, and contingent nature of Woolf's work. The expert contributors consider unstable constructions of self and identity, and language and translation from multiple angles, including shifting textualities, culture and the marketplace, critical animal studies, and discourses that fracture and revise gender and sexuality.

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About the Author

Jeanne Dubino is Professor of English and Global Studies, Department of Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies, Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She is the editor of Virginia Woolf and the Literary Marketplace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), guest editor of Virginia Woolf Miscellany 50 (1997) and co-editor, with Beth C. Rosenberg, of Virginia Woolf and the Essay (St. Martin’s Press, 1997).

Gill Lowe is Senior Lecturer in English at University Campus Suffolk, School of Arts and Humanities, University Campus Suffolk.

Dr Vara Neverow is a Professor of English and Women's Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. She is the editor of Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room (Harcourt, 2008) and, with Mark Hussey, of Virginia Woolf: Emerging Perspectives (Pace University Press, 1994), Virginia Woolf: Themes and Variations (Pace University Press, 1993) and Virginia Woolf Miscellanies (Pace University Press, 1992).

Kathryn Simpson is Senior Lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is the author of Gifts, Markets and Economies of Desire in Virginia Woolf (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Virginia Woolf: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2013)


It presents new ideas about Woolf and new connections to those who came before—and after—her. By doing so, it adds a new level of meaning to the way we read her, the way we read about her, and the way we write about her, too.

- Paula Maggio, Virginia Woolf Miscellany 91

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