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, into
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
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.
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:
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.
the Intellectual, and the Public Sphere. Cambridge:
Cambridge UP, 2003; issued as e-Book, 2005; paperback
Melba, Adam Hammond and Alexandra Peat. Modernism: Keywords. Oxford: Wiley
Introduction and Annotations. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf.
Harcourt Annotated Editions. General ed. Mark Hussey. New York:
Harcourt, 2008. xxxv-lxvi;
- “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).
Collections and Journals
- “Experiencing the Modernist Storymind:. A Cognitive Reading of Narrative Space.” Modernism and the Question of Close Reading. Ed. Jim Hansen and David James. Oxford: Oxford UP. (forthcoming 2018).
- "Distributed Cognition, Porous
Qualia, and Modernist Narrative." Distributed Cognition from Victorian Culture to Modernism. Ed. Miranda Anderson,
Peter Garratt, and Mark Sprevak. Vol. 4 of The History of
Distributed Cognition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (forthcoming, 2018).
Woolf and Cohabiting Communities.” Modernist
Communities. Ed. Caroline
Pollentier and Sarah Wilson. Gainesville:
U of Florida P (forthcoming, 2019).
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. 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
and Mindfulness: A Cognitive Approach to Mrs Dalloway
and To the
Lighthouse.” Virginia Woolf.
Ed. James Acheson. London: Palgrave
Macmillan, 2016. 16-31.
4 to August 4: Paradigmatic and Palimpsestic
Plots in The Good Soldier.” Ford Madox Ford’s
Good Soldier: Centenary Essays. Ed.
Max Saunders and Sara Haslam.
International Ford Madox Ford Studies, Vol.
14. Leiden, Boston: Brill Rudolpi,
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 anti-Manifestoes.” Virginia
Woolf and December 1910: Studies in
Rhetoric and Context. Ed. Makiko Minow-Pinkney. Grosmont, Wales: Illuminati Books,
- “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,
- “Narrative and the Thinking Body:
Studies in Embodied Cognition.” In Chinese. Trans. Luo Hsiao-yun
and Yang Xiaolin. Foreign Language and Literature [Wai Guo Yu Wen] 26.1 (February
- "Narration, Navigation, and Nonconscious Thought: Neuroscientific 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.
- "World Modelling:
Paradigms of Global Consciousness in and around 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, 2008.
- "Virginia Woolf and Beginning's
Ragged Edge." Narrative Beginnings. Ed. Brian
Richardson. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2008. 96-112.
- "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. 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. 558-64.
- Intro and ed..
Leonard and Virginia Woolf, "Are Too Many Books Written
and Published?" PMLA 121 (2006): 235-44.
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):
- "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
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, 2000.
- "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, 1998.
- "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,
- "Virginia Woolf." Encylopaedia of the
Essay. Ed. Tracy Chevalier. London: Fitzroy
Dearborn, 1997. 905-08.
- "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.
- 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. 71-80.
- "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,
- "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 l990): 273-85.
- "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
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
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