Dr Anna Snaith
Reader in Twentieth-Century Literature
BA (Toronto), PhD (London)
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2174
Department of English
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
I work in the modernist period, with particular expertise on Virginia Woolf, modernism and colonialism, women’s writing and urban studies.
I have recently completed an edition of Woolf’s The Years for the Cambridge University Press Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf (general editors: Jane Goldman and Susan Sellers). This is the first edition of the novel to include substantial unpublished material, all variants from the galley and page proofs as well as full annotation and a detailed composition history.
I am also completing a monograph entitled, Colonial London: Nation, Gender, Empire 1890-1945 (forthcoming CUP). This project contributes to a growing body of scholarship on modernism and empire, but looks specifically at the intersections of feminism and anti-colonialism in the writing of women who travelled to London from India, Australia, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.
In 2010, I organised an international conference, ‘Reading Jean Rhys’, with Tory Young and Jeannette Baxter, at King’s. A volume of essays from the conference will be published shortly in the journal Women: a cultural review
I would be keen to hear from prospective doctoral students interested in:
The Years. Cambridge Edition of Virginia Woolf. Cambridge University Press. General Editors, Jane Goldman and Susan Sellers. Forthcoming.
Locating Woolf: The Politics of Space and Place. Co-edited with Michael Whitworth. Palgrave, 2007
Palgrave Advances in Woolf Studies. Palgrave, 2007.
With Rick Rylance and Rebecca Stott. Making Your Case: A Practical Guide to the Academic Essay. Longman, 2000.
With David Trotter. Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands. Oxford University Press, 1998.
Edited journal issue
'”The exhibition is in ruins”: Virginia Woolf and Empire’, Sixth Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture, Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britian, 2005.
Chapters in books
‘Race, Empire and Ireland’. Woolf in Context. Ed. Jane Goldman and Bryony Randall. CUP, forthcoming.
‘Conversations in Bloomsbury: Colonial Writers and the Hogarth Press’. Virginia Woolf. 2 vols. Ed. Lisa Shahriari and Gina Potts. Palgrave, 2010
‘CLR James, Claude McKay, Nella Larsen, Jean Toomer: the ‘black Atlantic’ and the modernist novel.’ The Cambridge Companion to the Modernist Novel. Ed. Morag Shiach, 2007: 206-23.
‘A Savage from the Cannibal Islands’: Jean Rhys and London.’ Geographies of Modernism. Ed. Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker. Routledge, 2005: 76-85.
‘“A view of one’s own”: Women’s History and Virginia Woolf’s Early Short Stories.’ In Virginia Woolf and the Short Story. Ed. Kathryn Benzel and Ruth Hoberman. Palgrave, 2004: 125-38.
‘“At Gordon Sq. and nowhere else”: The Spatial and Social Politics of Bloomsbury.’ In Virginia Woolf: Turning the Centuries. Ed. Bonnie Kime Scott and Ann Ardis. Pace University Press, 2000: 256-65.
‘“My poor private voice”: Virginia Woolf and Auto/Biography.’ In Representing Lives: Women and Auto/Biography. Ed. Alison Donnell and Pauline Polkey. Macmillan, 2000: 96-104.
‘Virginia Woolf and Reading Communities: Respondents to Three Guineas.’ In Virginia Woolf and Communities: Selected Papers from the Eighth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Jan McVicker and Laura Davis. Pace University Press,1999: 219-27.
‘“Curious slides and arrests”: Class and Colonialism in the Relationship Between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield’. Lectures d’une Oeuvre: Selected Stories de Katherine Mansfield. Ed. Stephanie Amar-Flood and Sara Thornton. Paris: Editions du Temps, 1997: 143-58.
‘Tilting at Universities’: Virginia Woolf at King’s College London’. With Christine Kenyon Jones. Woolf Studies Annual. Forthcoming 2010.
‘”Little brown girl” in a “white white city”: Una Marson and London’. Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 2008.
‘Stray Guineas’: Virginia Woolf and the Fawcett Library.’ Literature and History. 12.2(2003): 16-35.
‘Sara Jeannette Duncan: A Canadian Girl in London’. Canadian Literature. 177(2003):56-79.
‘Of Footnotes, Fanciers and Fascism: Virginia Woolf’s Flush.’ Modern Fiction Studies. 48.3 (2002): 614-36.
‘Virginia Woolf’s Narrative Strategies: Negotiating Between Public and Private.’ Journal of Modern Literature. 21.2 (1996): 133-148.
Expertise and public engagement
Narrating the Nation
6AAEC044 Postcolonial Perspectives
Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Reading
7AAEM609 Text, Culture, Theory: London 1950-1950 (MA in English 1850-present)
7AAEM654 Colonial Women Writers
2009 Plenary Speaker at ‘Woolf and the City’, Fordham University, USA
2006-7 AHRC Research Leave Award – Scholarly Edition of The Years
2005 Sixth Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture, Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain