Dr Clara Jones
Lecturer in Modern Literature
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1375
Address Department of English
King's College London
Room 6.26 Virginia Woolf Building
London WC2B 6LE
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Research interests and PhD supervision
I joined the English department at King’s in September 2014 after completing a PhD at Queen Mary University of London.
- Virginia Woolf studies
- The Politics of Modernism
- Twentieth-century women's organisations
- Interwar women writers
My research on Virginia Woolf centres on the relationship between her political and literary practice. My monograph, Virginia Woolf: Ambivalent Activist, rescues the details of Woolf's political activism and social participation with organisations including the People's Suffrage Federation, the Women’s Co-operative Guild and the National Federation of Women's Institutes. An article about my discovery of an unpublished sketch by Woolf in the New York Morgan Library appears in the 2014 edition of Woolf Studies Annual. This article focuses on Woolf’s (often vexed) attitudes towards class and her treatment of working-class voices.
Questions of class and gender are also central to my current research project on the politics of interwar women writers and activists, including Rosamond Lehmann, Rebecca West, Elizabeth Bowen, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Amabel Williams-Ellis.
- Virginia Woolf: Ambivalent Activist (Edinburgh University Press, 2016 [reissued as a paperback 2017])
- “Virginia Stephen at the Dr Williams’s Library”, Women: A Cultural Review, 27 (2016)
- “Virginia Woolf and ‘The Villa Jones’ (1931)”, Woolf Studies Annual, 22 (2016)
- Edited with Emily J. Hogg, Influence and Inheritance in Feminist English Studies (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015)
- “Virginia Woolf’s 1931 ‘Cook Sketch’”, Woolf Studies Annual, 20 (2014)
Expertise and public engagement
In 2017-18 I will be teaching on the following modules:
- Activist Texts: Literature and Politics, 1910-1938
- Mapping Modernism
Virginia Woolf walking tours of London for Persephone Books, Women’s History Month and the Literary London Reading Group.