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I have published three monographs, two edited collections, and three editions, in addition to numerous articles. I am currently working on a series of articles on waste and efficiency in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British culture, and finishing off a co-edited volume of Virginia Woolf's Orlando for the Cambridge Edition of Virginia Woolf. I am also involved with a group that is negotiating with Edinburgh University Press to re-issue edited versions of a number of May Sinclair's texts. Many of my publications are linked below.

Edition of Virginia Woolf's Jacob's Room (Norton, 2007)

In 2007, my Norton Critical Edition of Jacob’s Room appeared. Jacob's Room is Virginia Woolf’s experimental third novel, set in England during the halcyon days before World War I. The text reprinted here is the first British edition, which Woolf approved, and which retains her original layout, including paragraph spacing.

A generous “Contexts” section provides extracts from Woolf’s diaries and letters as well as comments on the novel from her fellow writers and friends, among them E. M. Forster and T. S. Eliot. Also included are the short stories “The Mark on the Wall,” “Kew Gardens,” and “An Unwritten Novel,” which Woolf viewed as early experiments with the innovative method used in Jacob’s Room. An additional short story, “A Woman’s College from Outside,” which Woolf originally intended to be Chapter 10 of Jacob’s Room, is also included. Finally, Woolf’s classic essay “Modern Novels,” written shortly before she began work on Jacob’s Room, provides insight into her aesthetic and technique. “Criticism” is divided into two sections: “Contemporary Reception and Reviews” contains personal responses to the novel, from Lytton Strachey and E. M. Forster, as well as eleven reviews from contemporary periodicals. “Critical Essays” offers insightful interpretations by Judy Little, Alex Zwerdling, Kate Flint, Kathleen Wall, and Edward L. Bishop. A selected bibliography is also included.

May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian (Oxford University Press, 2000)

May SinclairMy critical biography of May Sinclair appeared in 2000. May Sinclair (1863-1946) was a bestselling novelist who was one of the first British women to go out to the Belgian front in 1914. May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian draws on newly discovered manuscripts to tell the story of this woman whose emotional isolation bears witness to the great price Victorian women had to pay for their intellectual freedom.

Co-edited collection, Women's Fiction and the Great War (Oxford University Press, 1997)

This collection, co-edited with Trudi Tate, was published by Oxford University Press in 1997. The Great War stimulated a sudden growth in the novel industry, and the trauma of the war continued to reverberate through much of the fiction published in the years that followed its inglorious end. The essays in this volume, by a number of leading critics in the field, considers some of the best-known, and some of the least-known, women writers on whose work the war left its shadow. Ranging from Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, and H.D. to Vernon Lee, Frances Bellerby, and Mary Butts, the contributors challenge current thinking about women's responses to the First World War and explore the differences between women writers of the period, thus questioning the very categorization of "women's writing."

Edition of Katherine Mansfield's short story collection, Something Childish and Other Stories (Penguin, 1996)

MansfieldThis collection, published in 1924 after Mansfield's tragic early death, was originally put together by Mansfield's husband, John Middleton Murry. My edition, published by Penguin, includes an introduction, note on the text, and explanatory notes.

 

 

 

Edited collection, Volcanoes and Pearl Divers: Essays in Lesbian Feminist Studies (Onlywomen, 1995)

volcanoesIn the editor's words, this volume is about the relationship of politics with pleasure. A deliberately feminist anthology that addresses three centuries of English language lesbian culture and literature: 17th century verse; 19th century fiction; and 20th century prose dramas, and also looks at lesbian themes in mainstream theatre and cinema. The twelve UK-based authors include U.A. Fanthorpe, Emma Donaghue, Sandra Freeman, Elaine Miller and Chris White.

 

Vita and Virginia: the Work and Friendship of V. Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf (Oxford University Press, 1993)

Vita and VirginiaThis book examines the creative intimacy between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, interpreting both their relationship and their work in the light of their experience as married lesbians. The contradictions and conflicts of their situation are worked out through the construction of different narratives of femininity, in letters, novels, diaries, and other texts. Vita and Virginia looks at the two women's continual renegotiation of what it means to be female, and suggests that the mutual exchange of different versions of "womanhood" is crucial to the development of their friendship. Orlando, for example, was Virginia Woolf's way of threatening Sackville-West with the extent of her own knowledge about her, as well as the celebratory love-letter it is usually assumed to be. The book also offers readings of both women's autobiographical texts, and a long-overdue study of Vita Sackville-West's work as a biographer and a novelist. Emphasizing also wider contexts, this study examines the links between homosexual desire and literary innovation, public politics and private lives. It provides an invaluable perspective on the relations between sexuality and feminism in modernism.

Edition of Virginia Woolf's Night and Day (Oxford World's Classics, 1992)

Night and DayThe protagonist of Night and Day (1919), Katherine Hilbery, torn between past and present, is a figure reflecting Woolf's own struggle with history. Both have illustrious literary ancestors: in Katherine's case, her poet grandfather, and in Woolf's, her father Leslie Stephen, writer, philosopher, and editor. Both desire to break away from the demands of the previous generation without disowning it altogether. Katherine must decide whether or not she loves the iconoclastic Ralph Denham; Woolf seeks a way of experimenting with the novel for that still allows her to express her affection for the literature of the past. My edition includes an introduction, note on the text, and explanatory notes.

Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse: Critical Studies of Key Texts (Harvester Wheatsheaf/St Martin's, 1990)

To the lighthouseDrawing on recent film theory, this volume offers a feminist re-reading of "To The Lighthouse". This text explores psychoanalytic theories of gender and accounts of the screen image of woman as fetish. It includes a discussion of an essay, "The Cinema", which Woolf wrote while working on this novel.