photoMelba Cuddy-Keane
Emerita Professor
Northrop Frye Scholar
Department of English
University of Toronto




Melba Cuddy-Keane is an Emerita Faculty Member of the Graduate Department of English, University of Toronto, and an Emerita Professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her areas of specialization include modernism, narratology (cognition, ethics, readers, aurality, feminism), globalism/internationalism, cultural and book history/print culture, and the writings of Virginia Woolf.  She has been an invited speaker in Japan, China, Australia, France, the UK, the US, and Canada, and has been interviewed on Hungarian National Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Company Radio National, the CBC, and Bravo TV. Two of her articles have been translated, for publication, into Chinese.

In addition to her individually-authored publications, Melba Cuddy-Keane has pioneered collaborative work with graduate students in the humanities, producing an article (on Virginia Woolf and the car) with a class of MA students, and a book, Modernism: Keywords, co-authored with Adam Hammond and Alexandra Peat, assisted by a research team of ten doctoral students. She developed and taught for several years the course on pedagogy in the Graduate Department of English, and she continues to supervise graduate and postdoctoral students.

Melba Cuddy-Keane was Vice-Principal and Vice-Dean at UTSC from 1993 to 1996, and served terms as President of the Modernist Studies Association, and of the International Virginia Woolf Society. She continues to run the latter Society's Web Site. She was a recipient of the Scarborough College Teaching Award in 1987 and, in 1996, she was named a Northrop Frye Scholar for her achievements in linking teaching and research. On the creative side, she has collaborated as a librettist, choreographer and dancer in integrated-media works with the composer David Keane.  

Current Projects

Melba Cuddy-Keane is working on a book project entitled Rich Environments: Sensing Narrative and Cognitive Flexibility, and preparing a collection of her essays on Virginia Woolf.  Her talk "Keyword: Diplomacy" at the 2016 Modernist Studies Conference is building toward a collaborative on-line second volume of Modernism: Keywords.  In June 2018, she will be a participant at the symposium, The Role of Spontaneous Thought in Science and Society at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced  Studio at the University of British Columbia. In December 2018, she will be a speaker in Jane Griesdorf's Writing Consultants Series, on the topic "The Jews . . . People Like Ourselves": Seeing Difference and Seeing Sameness in Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts.



Virginia Woolf, the Intellectual, and the Public Sphere. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003; issued as e-Book, 2005; paperback 2006. 

Books (collaborative)

Cuddy-Keane, Melba, Adam Hammond and Alexandra Peat. Modernism: Keywords. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

Books Edited 

Introduction and Annotations. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf. Harcourt Annotated Editions. General ed. Mark Hussey. New York: Harcourt, 2008. xxxv-lxvi; 151-220.

On-line videos.

Essays in Collections and Journals

Graduate Courses Taught

Narrative, Narratology, and Modernist Fiction

The Modernists Debate

Modernism and Neomodernism

Modernism, Geopolitics, Globalization (formerly Modernism and Internationalism)

Modernism and Narrative Ethics

Virginia Woolf and the Contexts of Critical Reading

Virginia Woolf, History, and Historicism

Virginia Woolf: Essays and Short Fiction

Professing Literature


Contact Information

Professor Melba Cuddy-Keane
Graduate Department of English
Jackman Humanities Building, 6th floor
170 St. George St.
University of Toronto
Toronto M5R 2M8


Professor Melba Cuddy-Keane
Department of English
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON, Canada, M1C 1A4