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Dr Alice Wood

Job: Lecturer in English

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): English Research, Centre for Textual Studies

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2577198

E: alice.wood@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk/englishresearch


Personal profile

Alice Wood joined the English department at De Montfort University in 2014 after previously lecturing in English at the University of Portsmouth.  Her research and teaching centre on twentieth-century literature, with particular focus on British modernism and its cultural contexts, literary responses to World War II, women’s writing, feminist theory and gender studies.  She is the author of Virginia Woolf’s Late Cultural Criticism (Bloomsbury, 2013), a genetic survey of Woolf’s late works, and has published a number of articles on Woolf’s literary and cultural criticism.  Her current research concerns the relationship between modernism and its diverse publics and examines the treatment of modernism and national identity in British women’s magazines of the interwar period.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

Virginia Woolf’s Late Cultural Criticism: The Genesis of The Years, Three Guineas, and Between the Acts (Bloomsbury, 2013).

‘Facing Life as We Have Known It: Virginia Woolf and the Women’s Co-operative Guild,’ Literature & History 23: 2 (forthcoming 2014): 18-34.

‘Virginia Woolf’s “Two Women,” or, “The Wrong Way of Reading”.’ in Woolf as Reader/Woolf as Critic or, The Art of Reading in the Present, ed. Catherine Bernard (Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2011), pp. 51-60.

‘Made to Measure: Virginia Woolf in Good Housekeeping Magazine.’ Prose Studies 32: 1 (2010): 12-24. 

‘Chaos. Slaughter. War Surrounding Our Island: Virginia Woolf and the Daily Worker,’ Virginia Woolf Miscellany 76 (2009): 18-19.

Research interests/expertise

  • Twentieth-century literature
  • Modernism
  • British interwar literature and culture
  • Literature of World War II
  • Women’s magazines
  • Virginia Woolf

Areas of teaching

  • 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • Modernism
  • Feminism and Gender Studies
  • British Interwar Literature and Culture
  • Literature of World War II
  • Post-1945 Fiction


BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (University of Oxford)

MA Literary Studies (University of Wales, Aberystwyth)

PhD, English Literature (De Montfort University)

Courses taught

  • ENGL2016 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • ENGL3087 Modernism and Modernity

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the British Association of Modernist Studies, Modernist Studies Association, Women’s History Network and International Virginia Woolf Society

Conference attendance

  • ‘Modernism, Novelty and Familiarity in British Women’s Magazines,’ Modernism Now! Institute of English Studies, University of London, 28 June 2014. Panel paper.
  • Invited speaker, ‘Virginia Woolf and Good Housekeeping,’ Modernist Magazines Research Seminar, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, 12 December 2013; available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LufiKFYMrg
  • ‘Modernism in the Mainstream: British Women’s Magazines,’ Modernist Studies Association 15th Annual Conference, University of Sussex, 30 August 2013. Panel paper.
  • ‘Restless Furniture: Memory Spaces in Ruth Klüger’s Still Alive,’ Trauma & Memory: The Holocaust in Contemporary Culture, University of Portsmouth, 12 July 2013. Panel paper.
  • Invited speaker, ‘The Woolfs and the Women’s Co-operative Guild,’ Leonard Woolf Society Inaugural Symposium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Senate House, 24 May 2013.
  • Invited speaker, ‘Vision and Revision: The Textual Genesis of Virginia Woolf’s “A Sketch of the Past,”’ Northern Modernism Seminar, De Montfort University, 11 May 2012.
  • Invited speaker, ‘Two Works, “One Book”?: The Shared Genesis of The Years and Three Guineas,’ Virginia Woolf Seminar, Jesus College, University of Oxford, 21 February 2011.

Professional esteem indicators

Reader for Woolf Studies Annual

Book reviewer for SHARP News and Women’s History Review

Case studies

Review of a public talk on ‘Women’s Magazines, 1910-1940: Modernity and Modernism’ for the Woodstock Literature Society at Woodstock Library on 2 July 2014: https://sites.google.com/site/woodstockliteraturesociety/reviews|



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