About the BookIn the new edition of her highly regarded original study, Laura Marcus examines a wide range of Virginia Woolf’s novels, short stories, essays and autobiographical writings in the context of themes and topics of central contemporary relevance and interest: time, history and narrative; modernism and the city; gender, sexuality and identity; art and life-writings. As well as exploring her significance for, and contribution to, feminist debates and to definitions of modernism, the book also includes detailed analyses of all Woolf’s novels and of her non-fictional writings, including A Room of One’s Own, Three Guineas and the ‘biography’ Flush. It considers current theoretical approaches to Woolf’s work and also engages with Woolf’s own cultural contexts, exploring, for example, her responses to war, to Freud’s theories, and to early twentieth-century theories of sexuality and gender identity, and the transition from Victorianism to modernity.About the Author/sDr Laura Marcus is Reader in English at the University of Sussex. She has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture. Her publications include Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism and Practice (1994) and Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams: New Interdisciplinary Essays (1999). She is currently completing a book on cinema and modernism, and co-editing (with Peter Nicholls) The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature.
‘...not only clarifies and analyses...but sends you off to the (originals) again.’ Times Educational Supplement