Collected Criticism on Woolf

Updated August 17, 2000

R signifies a book placed on 3-day Library Reserve for this seminar.  

R Bloom, Harold, ed. Virginia Woolf. New York: Chelsea House, 1986.
        PR6045 .O72 Z8918 1986

Reprints 18 essays from books and journals, including Auerbach "Brown Stocking" (1953) and John Burt (1982) on To the Lighthouse, McConnell on The Waves (1968), Hillis Miller on Mrs. Dalloway (1982), Virginia Blain on The Voyage Out (1983), and Judy Little on Orlando (1983).

R Clements, Patricia, and Isobel Grundy. Virginia Woolf: New Critical Essays
        Totowa, N.J. : Barnes & Noble Books, 1983.
        PR6045 .O72 Z8938 1983

Collection of essays written for this book. Includes essays on VW’s relation to other writers (Leslie Stephen, T.S. Eliot, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce) as well as on such topics as her early novels (Blain, also rpt. in Bloom), the "tunnelling process" (Susan Dick), and her choice of names (Isobel Grundy).

Freedman, Ralph, ed. Virginia Woolf, Revaluation and Continuity: A Collection of
. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1980.
        PR6045 .O72 Z895

This collection of original essays reflects the 1970s feminist reassessment of Woolf.

R Ginsberg, Elaine-K., and Laura Moss Gottlieb, eds.  Virginia Woolf: Centennial Essays.
         Troy, NY : Whitston, 1983. xiii, 336 pp
        PR6045 .O72 Z8925 1983 

R Homans, Margaret, ed.  Virginia Woolf: A Collection of Critical Essays.  
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1993. 
        PR6045 .O72 Z89195 1993

Essays with a feminist, postmodern slant.

R Majumdar, Robin, and Allen McLaurin. Virginia Woolf: The Critical Heritage
        London:  Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975.
        PR6045 .O72 Z893

Collects contemporary reviews of all of Woolf’s works, organized chronologically by each work, concluding with Between the Acts (1941). Includes obituaries.

R Marcus, Jane, ed. New Feminist Essays on Virginia Woolf
        Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1981.
        PR604 .N4 1981

These original essays represent a major shift in approaches to Woolf, led by Jane Marcus, emphasizing political (especially Marxist) readings of Woolf’s work, directed to "radical and feminist readers."

R Marcus, Jane, ed. Virginia Woolf: A Feminist Slant. Lincoln: University of 
        Nebraska Press, 1983.
        PR6045 .O72 Z892 1983

Another collection of original works, emphasizing "the arts of biography, textual scholarship, and history" as opposed to the deconstructive practice that was current at that time.

Sprague, Claire. Virginia Woolf: A Collection of Critical Essays
        Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1971.
        PR6045 .O72 Z878

This collection of previously published essays represents a less political (and less feminist) approach to Woolf. Bloom reprints three of these in his 1986 collection (Brower on Mrs. Dalloway, Auerbach on To the Lighthouse, and McConnell on The Waves), perhaps indicating a conservative resistance to both political and theoretical approaches, and a preference for formalist readings.

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