Woolf, Virginia: Further Reading

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Kirkpatrick, B. J. A Bibliography of Virginia Woolf, 4th Edition. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997, 472 p.

Updates the 1967 edition, reflecting the release of numerous diaries, drafts, and papers after the death of Leonard Woolf in 1969.

Majumdar, Robin. Virginia Woolf: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism. New York: Garland, 1976, 118 p.

Comprehensive guide to Woolfian criticism, including books, articles, essays, and chapters on Woolf, introductions and prefaces to her works, memoirs and obituaries, correspondence, reviews of Woolf's works, miscellaneous references to Woolf in general studies, and additional bibliographical sources.


Bell, Quentin. Virginia Woolf: A Biography. London: Hogarth Press, 1972, 314 p.

Recalls Woolf's life from the perspective of her nephew, whom some critics have considered biased against Woolf in deference to her sister, Bell's mother.

Black, Naomi. "Virginia Woolf and the Women's Movement." In Virginia Woolf: A Feminist Slant, edited by Jane Marcus, pp. 180-97. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983.

Focuses on the significance of Three Guineas to the evolution of Woolf's feminist writings and her participation in the women's movement.

Caws, Mary Ann. Virginia Woolf. London: Penguin, 2001, 136 p.

Biography of Woolf.

DeSalvo, Louise. Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work. Boston: Beacon Press, 1989, 372 p.

Biographical study of Woolf's early life and analysis of her career.

Gordon, Lyndall. Virginia Woolf, A Writer's Life. New York: Norton, 1984, 341 p.

Provides interpretations of early life experiences shaping Woolf's writing career.

Gorsky, Susan Rubinow. Virginia Woolf: Revised Edition. Boston: Twayne, 1989, 150 p.

Studies Woolf's life and work in light of post-1979 scholarship and additional volumes of previously unpublished diaries, letters, fiction, and essays written by Woolf.

Leaska, Mitchell. Granite and Rainbow: The Hidden Life of Virginia Woolf. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1998, 513 p.

Studies Woolf's life.

Lee, Hermione. Virginia Woolf. London: Chatto & Windus, 1996, 892 p.

A highly praised biography examining details of Woolf's life and career often overlooked in other biographies.

Marder, Herbert. The Measure of Life: Virginia Woolf's Last Years. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2000, 418 p.

Biographical examination of Woolf's later years.

Reid, Panthea. Art and Affection: A Life of Virginia Woolf. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996, 570 p.

Highly regarded biography of Woolf examining her early life experiences, and providing psychological grounding for her artistic choices in her work.


Allan, Tuzyline Jita. "Mrs. Dalloway: A Study of Woolf's Social Ambivalence." In Womanist and Feminist Aesthetics: A Comparative Review, pp. 19-44. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1995.

Examines Mrs. Dalloway in terms of a dialectic between condemnation of and support for institutions of patriarchal domination that informs Woolf's feminist ideals on one hand and her upper-class literary and material privileges on the other.

Blain, Virginia. "Narrative Voice and the Female Perspective in Virginia Woolf's Early Novels." In Virginia Woolf: New Critical Essays, edited by Patricia Clements and Isobel Grundy, pp. 115-36. London: Vision Press, 1983.

Explores the "intellectually unashamed female perspective" of Woolf's early fiction, concentrating on stylistic devices and narrative techniques in terms of gender differences.

Bowlby, Rachel. "'We're Getting There': Woolf, Trains and the Destinations of Feminist Criticism." In Feminist Destinations and Further Essays on Virginia Woolf, pp. 3-15. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997.

An essay originally published in 1988 relating the overt concerns with representation and sexual difference in "Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown" to the principal issues of contemporary feminist criticism.

Goldman, Jane. The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf: Modernism, Post-Impressionism and the Politics of the Visual. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, 243 p.

Discusses the feminist implications of the aesthetics informing Woolf's writing career with respect to the influences of suffrage art and the English Post-Impressionist movement.

Harrison, Suzan. Eudora Welty and Virginia Woolf: Gender, Genre, and Influence. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1997, 158 p.

Compares the symbols, motifs, themes, and narrative strategies of American novelist Eudora Welty with those of Woolf.

Jackson, Bev. "'A Vicious and Corrupt Word': Feminism and Virginia Woolf." Dutch Quarterly Review of Anglo-American Letters 17, no. 4 (1987): 249-61.

Summarizes conflicting views of Woolf's critique of the word "feminist" in Three Guineas in terms of contemporary feminist literary theories and practices.

Jacobus, Mary. "Reading Woman (Reading)." In Reading Woman: Essays in Feminist Criticism, pp. 3-24. New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, 1986.

Discussion of feminist literary interpretation as it relates to Woolf's Orlando.

Little, Judy. "Virginia Woolf: Myth and Manner in the Early Novels" and "The Politics of Holiday: Woolf's Later Novels." In Comedy and the Woman Writer: Woolf, Spark, and Feminism, pp. 22-65, 66-98. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983.

Investigates the subversive nature of the comic imagery in Woolf's novels, contrasting their narrative function with that of traditional comic forms.

Marcus, Jane. "Thinking Back through Our Mothers." In Art & Anger: Reading Like A Woman, pp. 73-100. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1988.

Surveys Woolf's oeuvre within the context of female artistic and socialist predecessors, paying particular attention to their influence upon the feminist concerns of "A Society," A Room of One's Own, and Three Guineas.

Maze, John R. "Mrs. Dalloway—A Questionable Sanity." In Virginia Woolf: Feminism, Creativity, and the Unconscious, pp. 61-84. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Compares and contrasts the characterizations of Clarissa Dalloway and Septimus Smith in Mrs. Dalloway with respect to conventional distinctions between sanity and insanity.

Muller, Herbert J. "Virginia Woolf, and Feminine Fiction." In Critical Essays on Virginia Woolf, edited by Morris Beja, pp. 29-37. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.

Originally published in 1937, an essay evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of Woolf's literary methods and materials, leading to an overall assessment of "feminine fiction."

Olano, Pamela J. "'Women Alone Stir My Imagination': Intertextual Eroticism in the Friendships/Relationships Created by Virginia Woolf." In Communication and Women's Friendships: Parallels and Intersections in Literature and Life, edited by Janet Doubler Ward and JoAnna Stephens Mink, pp. 45-63. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1993.

Discusses Woolf's perception of sexual differences between genders and the centrality of female companionship in her life.

Ratcliffe, Krista. "Minting the Fourth Guinea: Virginia Woolf." In Anglo-American Feminist Challenges to the Rhetorical Traditions, pp. 32-64. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996.

Speculates on Woolf's contributions to rhetorical history, theory, and practice by examining her critiques of women, language, and culture as well as her own writing strategies.

Rigney, Barbara Hill. "Objects of Vision: Women as Art in the Novels of Virginia Woolf." In Critical Essays on Virginia Woolf, edited by Morris Beja, pp. 239-47. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.

Analyzes the formation of the subjectivities and identities of various female characters in Woolf's fiction in terms of traditionally male definitions of beauty.


Additional coverage of Woolf's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 44; Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction: Biography and Resources, Vol. 3; British Writers, Vol. 7; British Writers: The Classics, Vol. 2; British Writers Retrospective Supplement, Vol. 1; Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography, 1914-1945; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 104, 130; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 64; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 36, 100, 162; Dictionary of Literary Biography Documentary Series, Vol. 10; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: British Edition; DISCovering Authors: Canadian Edition; DISCovering Authors Modules: Most-studied, Novelists; DISCovering Authors 3.0; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, Ed. 3; Exploring Short Stories; Feminist Writers; Literary Movements for Students, Vol. 2; Literature and Its Times, Vol. 3; Literature and Its Times Supplement, Ed. 1; Literature Resource Center; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Nonfiction Classics for Students, Vol. 2; Novels for Students, Vols. 8, 12; Reference Guide to English Literature, Ed. 2; Reference Guide to Short Fiction, Ed. 2; Short Stories for Students, Vols. 4, 12; Short Story Criticism, Vol. 7; Twayne's English Authors; Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vols. 1, 5, 20, 43, 56, 101, 123, 128; World Literature and Its Times, Vol. 4; and World Literature Criticism.

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