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Virginia Woolf, the Intellectual, and the Public Sphere
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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.

Contents

Acknowledgments; 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; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"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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