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The Cambridge Companion to <I>To The Lighthouse</I>
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To The Lighthouse is one of the most important of Virginia Woolf's modernist achievements. Written by leading international scholars of Woolf and modernism, this Companion to To The Lighthouse will be of interest to students and scholars alike. Individual chapters explore the biographical and textual genesis of the novel; its narrative perspectives and use of form; its thematic and formal attention to time and space; and its representations of feminism and gender as well as generational change, race, and class. Complete with a chapter on the novel's critical history, a chronology, and a guide to further reading, this volume synthesizes To The Lighthouse's major ideas and formal innovations while also summarizing and advancing critical debate.


'… the volume … offers readers a succinct, engaging, and helpful overview of the shifts in criticalperspective over time.'

Nell Wasserstrom Source: Modern Language Review

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Guide to Further Reading

Works by Virginia Woolf

The Voyage Out (London: Duckworth, 1915)
Night and Day (London: Duckworth, 1919)
Monday or Tuesday (London: Hogarth, 1921)
Jacob’s Room (London: Hogarth, 1922)
The Common Reader (London: Hogarth, 1925)
Mrs. Dalloway (London: Hogarth, 1925)
To the Lighthouse (London: Hogarth, 1927)
Orlando: A Biography (London: Hogarth, 1928)
A Room of One’s Own (London: Hogarth, 1929)
The Waves (London: Hogarth, 1931)
The Common Reader: Second Series (London: Hogarth, 1932)
Flush: A Biography (London: Hogarth, 1933)
The Years (London: Hogarth, 1937)
Three Guineas (London: Hogarth, 1938)
Roger Fry: A Biography (London: Hogarth, 1940)
Between the Acts, ed. Leonard Woolf (London: Hogarth, 1941)
The Death of the Moth and Other Essays, ed. Leonard Woolf (London: Hogarth, 1942)
The Moment and Other Essays, ed. Leonard Woolf (London: Hogarth, 1947)
The Captain’s Death Bed and Other Essays, ed. Leonard Woolf (London: Hogarth, 1950)
Granite and Rainbow: Essays, ed. Leonard Woolf (London: Hogarth, 1958)
The Letters of Virginia Woolf (6 vols.), eds. Nigel Nicolson and Joanne Trautmann (London: Hogarth, 1975–1980)
Moments of Being, ed. Jeanne Schulkind (London: University of Sussex Press, 1976; 2nd rev. edn, San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1985)
The Diary of Virginia Woolf (5 vols.), eds. Anne Olivier Bell and Andrew McNeillie (London: Penguin, 1977–1984)
To the Lighthouse: The Original Holograph Draft, ed. Susan Dick (London: Hogarth, 1985; rev. 2nd edn 1986)
A Passionate Apprentice: The Early Journals, 1897–1909, ed. Mitchell A. Leaska (London: Hogarth, 1990)
Hyde Park Gate News: The Stephen Family Newspaper, ed. Gill Lowe (London: Hesperus Press, 2005)

Other Works

Abel, Elizabeth, Virginia Woolf and the Fictions of Psychoanalysis (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989)
Auerbach, Eric, Mimesis, trans. Willard R. Trask (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1968)
Banfield, Anne, The Phantom Table: Woolf, Fry, Russell and the Epistemology of Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
Banfield, Anne, “Tragic Time: The Problem of the Future in Cambridge Philosophy and To the Lighthouse,” Modernism/modernity 7.1 (2000) 43–75
Beer, Gillian, “Hume, Stephen, and Elegy in To the Lighthouse,” Essays In Criticism 34.1 (Jan 1984) 33–55
Bell, Clive, Art (New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1914)
Bell, Quentin, “The Biographer, the Critic, and the Lighthouse,” Ariel 2 (1971) 94–101
Bell, Quentin, Virginia Woolf: A Biography (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972)
Bellamy, Suzanne, “Painting the Words: A Version of Lily Briscoe’s Paintings from To The Lighthouse,” in Anne Ardis and Bonnie Kime Scott (eds.), Virginia Woolf: Turning the Centuries (New York: Pace University Press, 2000) 244–251
Bellamy, Suzanne, “Woolf and the Arts: Homage, Afterlife and the Originating Text,” in Bryony Randall and Jane Goldman (eds.), Virginia Woolf In Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) 267–277
Black, Naomi, Virginia Woolf as Feminist (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004)
Blotner, Joseph, “Mythic Patterns in To the Lighthouse,” PMLA 71 (1956) 547–562
Bowlby, Rachel, Feminist Destinations and Further Essays on Virginia Woolf (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997)
Briggs, Julia, Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life (New York: Harcourt, 2005)
Brown, Paul Tollivar, “Relativity, Quantum Physics, and Consciousness in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse,” Journal of Modern Literature 32.3 (Spring 2009) 39–62
Carr, Helen, “Virginia Woolf, Empire, and Race,” in The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf, 2nd edn, ed. Susan Sellers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Caughie, Pamela L., Virginia Woolf and Postmodernism: Literature in Quest & Question of Itself (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991)
Cuddy-Keane, Melba, Virginia Woolf, the Intellectual, and the Public Sphere (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
Dalgarno, Emily, Virginia Woolf and the Migrations of Language (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Dalgarno, Emily, Virginia Woolf and the Visible World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)
DiBattista, Maria, Virginia Woolf’s Major Novels: The Fables of Anon (London: Yale University Press, 1980)
Dick, Susan, Virginia Woolf (London: Edward Arnold, 1989)
Doyle, Laura, “‘These Emotions of the Body’: Intercorporeal Narrative in To the Lighthouse,” Twentieth Century Literature 40.1 (Spring 1994) 42–71
Dunn, Jane, A Very Close Conspiracy: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf (London: Cape, 1991)
Ellis, Steve, Virginia Woolf and the Victorians (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Emery, Mary Lou, “‘Robbed of Meaning’: The Work at the Center of To the Lighthouse,” Modern Fiction Studies 38.1 (1992) 217–234
Esch, Deborah, “‘Think of a Kitchen Table’: Hume, Woolf, and the Translation of Example,” in Literature as Philosophy/Philosophy as Literature, ed. Donald G. Marshall (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1987)
Fernald, Anne E., Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader (London: Macmillan, 2006)
Flint, Kate, “Virginia Woolf and the General Strike,” Essays in Criticism 36.4 (1986) 319–334
Frank, A. O., The Philosophy of Virginia Woolf: A Philosophical Reading of the Mature Novels (Budapest: Akademiai Kiado, 2001)
Fry, Roger, Vision and Design (New York: Brentano’s, 1924)
Gabler, Hans Walter, “A Tale of Two Texts: Or, How One Might Edit Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse,” Woolf Studies Annual 10 (2004), 1–30
Gillespie, Diane, The Sisters’ Arts. The Writing and Painting of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (New York: Syracuse University Press, 1988)
Goldman, Jane, The Cambridge Introduction to Virginia Woolf (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006)
Goldman, Jane, The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf. Modernism, Post-Impressionism and the Politics of the Visual (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)
Goldman, Jane, Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse, The Waves: Columbia Critical Guides (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998)
Goldman, Jane, and Randall Stevenson, “‘But What? Elegy?’: Modernist Reading and the Death of Mrs. Ramsay,” The Yearbook of English Studies 26 (1996) 173–186
Gruber, Ruth, Virginia Woolf: The Will to Create as a Woman (New York: Carroll & Graf, 2005)
Humm, Maggie, Modernist Women and Visual Cultures: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Photography and Cinema (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2002)
Hussey, Mark, The Singing of the Real World: The Philosophy of Virginia Woolf’s Fiction (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1986)
Hussey, Mark, Virginia Woolf A–Z (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995)
Hussey, Mark, Virginia Woolf and War: Fiction, Reality, and Myth (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1991)
Kumar, Shiv, Bergson and the Stream of Consciousness Novel (London: Blackie, 1962)
Latham, Sean, “Am I a Snob”: Modernism and the Novel (Cornell: Cornell University Press, 2003)
Laurence, Patricia, Lily Briscoe’s Chinese Eyes: Bloomsbury, Modernism, and China (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2003)
Leaska, Mitchell A., Virginia Woolf’s Lighthouse: A Study in Critical Method (London: Hogarth Press, 1970)
Lee, Hermione, “To the Lighthouse: Completed Forms,” in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, ed. Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea, 1988)
Lee, Hermione, Virginia Woolf (London: Chatto & Windus, 1996)
Levenback, Karen L., Virginia Woolf and the Great War (New York: Syracuse University Press, 1999)
Levy, Paul, G. E. Moore and the Cambridge Apostles (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981)
Light, Alison, Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: The Hidden Heart of Domestic Service (London: Penguin, 2007)
Lilienfeld, Jane, “Where the Spear Plants Grew: The Ramsays’ Marriage in To the Lighthouse,” in New Feminists Essays on Virginia Woolf, ed. Jane Marcus (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1981) 148–169
Majumdar, Robin, and Allen McLaurin, eds., Virginia Woolf: The Critical Heritage (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1975)
Marcus, Jane, Art and Anger: Reading Like a Woman (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1988)
Marcus, Jane, Virginia Woolf and the Languages of Patriarchy (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987)
McIntire, Gabrielle, Modernism, Memory, and Desire: T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)
McLaurin, Allen, Virginia Woolf: The Echoes Enslaved (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973)
Meisel, Perry, The Absent Father: Virginia Woolf and Walter Pater (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980)
Mills, Jean, Virginia Woolf, Jane Ellen Harrison, and the Spirit of Modernist Classicism (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2014)
Moi, Toril, Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (London: Methuen, 1985)
Naremore, James, The World without a Self: Virginia Woolf and the Novel (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973)
Nussbaum, Martha, “The Window: Knowledge of Other Minds in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse,” New Literary History 26 (1995), 731–753
Parsons, Deborah L., Theorists of the Modernist Novel: James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf (New York: Routledge, 2006)
Pedersen, Glen, “Vision in To the Lighthouse,” PMLA 73 (1958), 585–600
Phillips, Kathy J., Virginia Woolf against Empire (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1994)
Raitt, Suzanne, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990)
Raitt, Suzanne, Vita and Virginia: The Work and Friendship of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf (Oxford: Clarendon, 1993)
Sackville-West, Vita, and Virginia Woolf, The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf, ed. Louise DeSalvo and Mitchell A. Leaska (London: Virago, 1997)
Schlack, Beverly Ann, Continuing Presences: Virginia Woolf’s Use of Literary Allusion (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1979)
Seshagiri, Urmila, Race and the Modernist Imagination (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010)
Sherman, David, “A Plot Unraveling into Ethics: Woolf, Levinas, and ‘Time Passes,’Woolf Studies Annual 13 (2007) 159–179
Silver, Brenda R., “Mothers, Daughters, Mrs. Ramsay: Reflections,” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 37.3–4 (Fall/Winter 2009) 259–274
Silver, Brenda R., Virginia Woolf: Icon (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999)
Sim, Lorraine, Virginia Woolf: The Patterns of Ordinary Existence (Burlington: Ashgate, 2010)
Snaith, Anna, Virginia Woolf: Public and Private Negotiations (Basingstoke and London: Macmillan Press, 2000)
Solomon, Susan, “Editorial Deletion: Presenting Absence in To the Lighthouse,” in Woolf Editing/Editing Woolf, eds. Eleanor McNeeds and Sara Veglahn (Clemson: Clemson University Digital Press, 2009), 25–28
Southworth, Helen, ed., Leonard and Virginia Woolf: The Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010)
Spivak, Gayatri, “Unmaking and Making in To the Lighthouse,” in Women and Language in Literature and Society, ed. Sally McConnell-Ginet, Ruth Borker, and Nelly Furman (New York: Praeger, 1980) 310–327
Stephen, Mrs. Leslie [Julia Prinsep Jackson], Notes from Sick Rooms. 1883 (Orono, ME: Puckerbush Press, 1980)
Stewart, Jack F., “Color in To the Lighthouse,” Twentieth Century Literature 31 (1985) 438–458
Stewart, Jack F., “Light in To the Lighthouse,” Twentieth Century Literature 23 (1977) 377–389
Uhlman, Anthony, “Bloomsbury Aesthetics,” in The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts, ed. Maggie Humm (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010) 58–73
Wiesen Cook, Blanche, “Women Alone Stir My Imagination,” Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society 4.4 (1979) 718–739
Winston, Janet, “‘Something Out of Harmony’: To the Lighthouse and the Subject(s) of Empire,” in Woolf Studies Annual 2 (New York: Pace University Press, 1996) 38–70
Zwerdling, Alex, Virginia Woolf and the Real World (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986)