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Professor Anna Snaith

Anna_SnaithProfessor of Twentieth-Century Literature

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2174
Address Department of English
King's College London
Room 7.39 Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

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After gaining a BA from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from University College London, I worked initially at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge before coming to King's in 2003. 

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Modernist women writers
  • Modernism and colonialism
  • Literary sound studies

I would be interested in hearing from prospective doctoral students in any of these areas or modernism more broadly.

My recent publications include a scholarly 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). My monograph, Modernist Voyages: Colonial Women Writers in London 1890-1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2014), shortlisted for the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize, looks at the intersection of anti-colonialism and feminism in writing by women who travelled to London from India, the Caribbean, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa during the modernist period.

I am currently working on a project on interwar literary modernism and noise, and am editing a volume on Literature and Sound for Cambridge University Press. 

Selected publications
  • ‘Introducing Mulk Raj Anand: the Colonial Politics of Collaboration’, Literature and History, 2018.
  • (ed.) A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas. Oxford World’s Classics, 2015.
  • ‘Virginia and Leonard Woolf: Writing Against Empire’. Special Issue of Journal of Commonwealth Literature, ed. Elleke Boehmer, 2015.
  • Modernist Voyages: Colonial Women Writers in London 1890-1945. Cambridge University Press. 2014.
  • The Years. Cambridge Edition of Virginia Woolf. Cambridge University Press. General Editors, Jane Goldman and Susan Sellers. 2012.

For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.


I teach modules on Virginia Woolf, modernism, and literary soundscapes.

Expertise and public engagement
  • Plenary Speaker at ‘Virginia Woolf and the Writing of History’, Université de Rouen, 2018
  • Speaker at Virginia Woolf Exhibition, Tate St. Ives, 2018
  • Collaboration with Deborah Pearson on ‘The Filibuster’, a 12-hour durational performance by female-identified actors, as part of Somerset House’s, Arts in Society series
  • Plenary Speaker at 'Virginia Woolf and the World of Books', University of Reading, 2017
  • 2017 Member of the New Modernist Editing Network (PI Bryony Randall, University of Glasgow)
  • Chair of English Department Athena SWAN Committee (2017/18)
  • Member of Editorial Board of Woolf Studies Annual
  • Member of AHRC Peer Review College


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