Northrop Frye Scholar
Department of English
University of Toronto
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,
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
Melba Cuddy-Keane was Vice-Principal and
Vice-Dean at UTSC from 1993 to 1996, and served terms as President of
both the Modernist Studies Association and 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.
Cuddy-Keane's current research proposes
the concept of "storymind" (as a companion to the well-known term
"storyworld"). Her argument is that every work of fiction, every
storyworld, is a product of mental processes - and not processes
restricted to the mind of the flesh and blood author, since the minds
of other people, other writers, even of culture itself, inform the way
text thinks. Minds, she argues, function differently, and she is
particularly interested in the way readers can access different
storyminds through embodied cognition. Reading can thus
become an experience in mental alterity, exercising our cognitive
flexibility by encouraging us to think, not simply new thoughts, but
actually in new or unfamiliar ways. And if some storyminds model
complex systems theory, readers may learn from fiction how to respond
cognitively to the increasing challenges of the 21st-century world.
Virginia Woolf, the
Intellectual, and the Public Sphere. Cambridge: Cambridge
UP, 2003; issued as e-Book, 2005; paperback 2006.
Cuddy-Keane, Melba, Adam Hammond and
Alexandra Peat. Modernism:
Keywords. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014.
Introduction and Annotations.
Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf. Harcourt Annotated
Editions. ed. Mark Hussey. New York: Harcourt, 2008. xxxv-lxvi;
Textbook; or Get Textbooks
Lectures and Presentations
- “Beyond Habit: Narrative, Neuroscience, and Flexible Minds.” The
Annual Wiegand Memorial Lecture, Munk Centre for Global Studies,
University of Toronto, November 13, 2017. video
- "Keywords as Memory
Palimpsests: from Multiple Histories to Flexible Futures." Keynote presentation at the conference
“Beyond the Victorian and Modernist Divide” in Rouen, Normandy (video).
On-line Essays and Web Publications
- "Imaging/Imagining Globalization: Maps and
Models." Society for Critical Exchange, December 2002: http://www.cwru.edu/affil/sce//MLA_2002.html.
PDF, 2019: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329782576_ImagingImagining_Globalization_Maps_and_Models.
- "Mapping Mrs. Dalloway: London as a Networked City."
On-line Essay, Powerpoint and PDF, University of Toronto, 2019: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/97406,
Tspace Research Repository.
On-line essay, accompanying "Experiencing the Storymind."
- "Subterranean Cartographies and the Underworld Imagination."
Poster with accompanying websites for Mapping Space, Mapping Time,
Mapping Texts, a virtual conference hosted by Lancaster University and
the British Library, September 27, 2020: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344380926_Subterranean_Cartographies_and_the_Underworld_Imagination
Essays in Collections and Journals
the Modernist Storymind: A Cognitive Reading of Narrative
Space.” Modernism and Close Reading. Ed. David
James. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2020. 208-227.
Cognition, Porous Qualia, and Modernist Narrative." Distributed
Cognition from Victorian
Culture to Modernism. Ed. Miranda Anderson, Peter Garratt, and Mark
4 of The History of Distributed Cognition. Edinburgh:
Edinburgh University Press (forthcoming, 2020).
- "Florine Stettheimer's Wave and
Dance: Reading through
Embodied Cognition." Florine Stettheimer Across the Arts. Ed.
Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo. Toronto: Book*hug, 2019. 159-178.
- “Virginia Woolf and Cohabiting Communities.” Modernist
Caroline Pollentier and Sarah Wilson. Gainesville: U of Florida
P, 2019. 89-105.
the Victorian/Modernist Divide: From Multiple Histories to Flexible
Futures.” Beyond the
Victorian/Modernist Divide: Remapping the Turn-of-the-Century Break in
Literature, Culture, and the Visual Arts. Ed.
Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada and Anne Levita. New York:
Routledge, 2018. 21-39. Earlier version: Keynote presentation
at the conference “Beyond the Victorian and Modernist Divide” in Rouen,
Normandy: "Keywords as Memory Palimpsests: from Multiple Histories to
Flexible Futures" (see
- “Mind-wandering and Mindfulness: A Cognitive Approach to Mrs
Dalloway" and To the Lighthouse. Virginia Woolf.
Ed. James Acheson. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 16-31.
- “July 4 to August 4: Paradigmatic and Palimpsestic Plots in The
Good Soldier." Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier: Centenary
Essays. Ed. Max
Saunders and Sara Haslam. International Ford Madox Ford Studies,
Vol. 14. Leiden, Boston: Brill Rudolpi, 2015. 47-61.
Space, and Embodied Cognition in To the Lighthouse.” The
Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.
Ed. Allison Pease. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. 58-68.
- "Undefining Mrs. Brown: Modernism, Movement, and
Woolf and December 1910: Studies in Rhetoric and Context.
Ed. Makiko Minow-Pinkney. Wales: Illuminati Books, 2014. 69-75.
- “Woolf, History, Us.” Interdisciplinary
/ Multidisciplinary Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-Second
Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf.
Ed. Ann Martin and Kathryn Holland. Clemson, SC: Clemson University
Digital Press, 2013. 13-19.
- “Narrative and the Thinking Body: Studies in Embodied
In Chinese. Trans. Luo Hsiao-yun and Yang Xiaolin. Foreign Language
and Literature [Wai Guo Yu Wen] 26.1 (February 2010): 1-8.
- "Narration, Navigation, and Nonconscious Thought:
and Literary Approaches to the Thinking Body." UTQ 79.2 (2010):
- “Virginia Woolf and the Public Sphere.” Cambridge Companion
to Virginia Woolf. 2nd ed. Ed. Susan Sellers. Cambridge: Cambridge
UP, 2010. 231-49.
- "World Modelling: Paradigms of Global Consciousness in and
Virginia Woolf." Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury, Volume 2:
International Influence and Politics. Ed. Lisa Shahriari and Gina
Potts. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 158-76.
- “Ethics.” Modernism and Theory: A Critical Debate. Ed.
Stephen Ross. New York: Routledge,
- "Virginia Woolf and Beginning's Ragged Edge." Narrative
Beginnings. Ed. Brian Richardson. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2008.
- "Inside and Outside the Covers: Beginnings,
Endings, and the Non-coercive Ethical Text." Woolfian Boundaries:
Selected Papers from the Sixteenth Annual Conference on
Virginia Woolf. Ed. Steve Ellis et al. Clemson, South Carolina:
Clemson University Digital Press, 2007. 172-80; also at: http://www.csub.edu/woolf_center
- "Collateral Truths: Global and International
Discourse in Virginia Woolf, Sir Thomas Browne, and T. S. Eliot." Back
to Bloomsbury: Selected Papers from the Fourteenth Annual Conference on
Virginia Woolf. Ed. Gina Potts and Lisa Shahriari. California State
University Bakersfield, 2008; also at: http://www.csub.edu/woolf_center
- "Global Modernisms." A Companion to
Modernist Literature and Culture. Ed. David Bradshaw and Kevin J.
H. Dettmar. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.
- Intro and ed.. Leonard and Virginia Woolf, "Are Too Many Books
Written and Published?" PMLA 121 (2006): 235-44.
- "Narratological Approaches." Palgrave Advances in Virginia
Woolf Studies. Ed. Anna Snaith. New York: Palgrave, 2006. 16-34.
- "From Fan-Mail to Readers' Letters: Locating John Farrelly." Woolf
Studies Annual 11 (2005): 3-32.
- "Modernist Soundscapes and the Intelligent
Ear: An Approach to Narrative through Auditory Perception." A
Companion to Narrative Theory. Ed. James Phelan and Peter J.
Rabinowitz. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. 382-98. Chinese
translation, Peking University Press, 2008. 441-59.
- "Modernism, Geopolitics, Globalization." Modernism/Modernity
10.3 (2003): 539-58.
- "Defining Cultural Democracy: Modernism and
Universal Individualism." Key Words: A Journal of Cultural
Materialism, 4 (2003): 56-77.
- "Imaging/Imagining Globalization: Maps and
Models." Society for Critical Exchange, December 2002. http://www.cwru.edu/affil/sce//MLA_2002.html
Wool-Gathering, and the Brain of the Common Reader." Virginia Woolf
Out of Bounds; Selected Papers from the Tenth Annual Conference on
Virginia Woolf. Ed. Jessica Berman and Jane Goldman. New York: Pace
UP, 2001: 58-66.
- "Virginia Woolf, Sound Technologies, and the
New Aurality." Virginia Woolf in the
Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Music, Cinema, Photography, and Popular
Culture. Ed. Pamela Caughie. New York:
Garland, 2000. 69-96.
- "'A Standard of One's Own': Virginia Woolf
and the Question of Literary Value." Virginia Woolf: Turning the
Centuries: Selected Papers from the Ninth Annual Conference on Virginia
Woolf. Ed. Bonnie Kime Scott and Ann Ardis. New York: Pace UP,
- "Woolf and After." Review essay on Michael
Cunningham, The Hours (1998) and Jacqueline Harpman, Orlanda
(1996; trans. 1999). The Literary Review of Canada 8
(July/August 2000): 24-26.
- "Mrs. Dalloway: Film, Time, and
Trauma." Virginia Woolf and Her Influences: Selected Papers from
the Seventh Annual Virginia Woolf Conference. Ed. Laura Davis and
Jeanette McVicker. New York: Pace UP,
- "Virginia Woolf and the Varieties of
Historicist Experience." Virginia Woolf and the Essay. Ed. Beth
Carole Rosenberg and Jeanne Dubino. New
York: St. Martin's, 1997. 59-77.
- "Virginia Woolf." Encylopaedia
of the Essay. Ed. Tracy Chevalier. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997.
- "The Rhetoric of Feminist Conversation:
Virginia Woolf and the Trope of the Twist." Ambiguous Discourse:
Feminist Narratology and British Women
Writers. Ed. Kathy Mezei. Chapel Hill:
U of North Carolina P, 1996. 137-61. English reprint. Beijing, Foreign
Language Teaching and Research Publishing, 2019.
- with Kay Li. "Passage to China: East and West and
Woolf," South Carolina Review, 29 (Fall 1996): 132-49.
- with Natasha Aleksiuk, Kay Li, Morgan Love, Chris Rose, and
Andrea Williams. "The Heteroglossia of History: A Collaborative Woolf
Project (Part One: The Car).” Virginia Woolf: Texts and Contexts:
Selected Papers from the Fifth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf.
Ed. Eileen Barrett and Beth Rigel Daugherty. New York: Pace UP, 1996.
- "Opening Historical Doors to the Room: An
Approach to Teaching.” Re: Reading, Re: Writing, Re: Teaching
Virginia Woolf: Selected Papers from the Fourth Annual Conference on
Virginia Woolf. Ed. Eileen Barrett and Patricia Cramer. New York:
Pace UP, 1995. 207-15.
- "Conflicting Feminisms and the Problems of
Male Space: Joyce Cary and the Fifties." Cultural Critique, 28
(Fall 1994): 103-28.
- "Virginia Woolf." Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Literary
Theory: Approaches, Scholars, Terms. General Editor and Compiler,
Irene Makaryk. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1993. 498-501.
- "The Politics of Comic Modes in Virginia
Woolf's Between the Acts.” PMLA, l05 (March
- "Joyce Cary and the Question of Critical
Context." Studies in the Novel, 2l (Winter l989): 424-3l.
- "Joyce Cary's Working Papers: A Study of the
Compositional Process in Narrative." Journal of Modern Literature,
11 (July l984): 230-44.
- "Beyond Modernism: Critical Attitudes in Some
Unpublished Joyce Cary Materials." Contemporary Literature, 24
(Spring l983): l3-29.
Graduate Courses Taught
- Narrative, Narratology, and Modernist Fiction
Geopolitics, Globalization (formerly Modernism and Internationalism)
and Narrative Ethics
Woolf and the Contexts of Critical Reading
Woolf, History, and Historicism
Woolf: Essays and Short Fiction
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