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Virginia Woolf, the Intellectual, and the Public Sphere

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  • Date Published: December 2004
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  • isbn: 9780511056512

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About the Authors
  • Melba Cuddy-Keane relates Woolf's literary reviews and essays to early twentieth-century debates about the value of "highbrow" culture; the methods of instruction in universities and adult education; and the importance of an educated public for the realization of democratic goals. Combining a wealth of historical detail with a penetrating analysis of Woolf's essays, this study will alter our views of Woolf, modernism, and intellectual endeavor.

    • Provides insights into Virginia Woolf as a publicly engaged writer challenging notions of modernist intellectual's aloofness from the public sphere
    • Examines documents including radio broadcasts, periodicals and newspapers, and materials on the history of books and publishing
    • Written in a clear and accessible style
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    • Outstanding Academic Title' from Choice magazine

    Reviews & endorsements

    "I enthusiastically recommend the book to all readers, common and academic. ...[it] will stimulate important thinking and provide us, in our own dilemmas over education, social discourse and the future health of democracy, with a thoughtful and strategic example for negotiating these complexities." Jeanette McVicker, SUNY-Fredonia

    "In this meticulous, often brilliant book, Cuddy-Keane focuses on both the 'cultural contexts' and 'critical practice' of Woolf's more than 500 essays and reviews on literary history and criticism.... Readers of this groundbreaking book--one of the most important studies of Woolf in years--will hereafter approach Woolf's critical writings with closer attention and increased respect. Essential." Choice

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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511056512
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Introduction: a wider sphere
    Part I. Cultural Contexts:
    1. Democratic highbrow: Woolf and the classless intellectual
    2. Woolf, English studies and the making of the (new) common reader
    Part II. Critical Practice:
    3. Woolf and the theory and pedagogy of reading
    Postscript: intellectual work today

  • Author

    Melba Cuddy-Keane, University of Toronto
    Melba Cuddy-Keane is Associate Professor of English and a Northrop Frye Scholar at the University of Toronto. She has written widely on Virginia Woolf and literary criticism.


    • Outstanding Academic Title' from Choice magazine

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