Einstein’s Wake: Relativity, Metaphor, and Modernist Literature.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, Dec. 2001. pp. xi + 254. ISBN 0-19-818640-1

Reviewed by:

  • Daniel Herwitz. English Literature in Transition 46 (2003): 215-18.
  • Elizabeth Leane. Review of English Studies 54 (2003): 151-53.
  • Katherine Pandora. Isis 95 (2004): 158-59.
  • Kate Price. PN Review 148 (Nov. 2002): 55.
  • Charlotte Sleigh. British Journal for the History of Science 36 (2003): 238-39.
  • Molly Abel Travis. Woolf Studies Annual 10 (2004): 337-341.
  • W. B. Warde. Choice 40 no.1 (2002): 103.


Virginia Woolf (Authors in Context).  Oxford: Oxford University Press, Jan. 2005. pp. xviii + 268.  ISBN 0-19-280234-8

Reviewed by:

  • Meg Albrinck, Virginia Woolf Miscellany no.70 (Fall 2006): 37-38.
  • Urmila Seshagiri, Woolf Studies Annual 12 (2006): 278-82.
  • Julie Singleton, Virginia Woolf Bulletin (Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain), no.20 (Sept. 2005): 53-57.
  • Stephen Wade, Contemporary Review (Summer 2006).

A Japanese translation by Noriko Kubota appeared in 2011 (Sairyusha), ISBN 978-4-7791-1702-2.

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(editor) Modernism (Blackwell Guides to Criticism).  Oxford: Blackwell, [Nov. 2006] 2007.  An edited anthology with substantial editorial introduction and commentaries of about 50,000 words.  ISBN: 0-631-23077-7 (hbk.)

Reviewed by:

  • Patrick Hayes, Notes and Queries 56 (2009): 128-9.


Locating Woolf: The Politics of Space and Place (co-editor with Anna Snaith). Basingstoke: Palgrave, June 2007. ISBN: 0-230-50073-0 (hbk.)

Reviewed by:

  • Patricia Laurence, English Literature in Transition, 53 (2010), 122-5.
  • Eric Sandberg, Partial Answers, 7 no.1 (2009), 159-61.
  • Andrew Thacker, Review of English Studies 60 (2009), 326-28.
  • Gail Toms, Virginia Woolf Bulletin, no.27 (Jan. 2008), 64-67.

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 Reading Modernist Poetry.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, [April] 2010.

 Virginia Woolf, fame, and la gloire.  Southport: Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, [November] 2012. [Pamphlet]

Orlando (edition, 2014)

Orlando, by Virginia Woolf: Oxford World’s Classics edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.


Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway (Readers’ Guides to Essential Criticism).  Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015.


From Jan. 2008 to Aug. 2011 I was an editor, and the reviews editor, of The Review of English Studies; from Jan. 2009 to Aug. 2011 I was period editor for 1880 to the present.

Articles and Chapters

1.         ‘Virginia Woolf and “the mouse which turns for ever.”’  Notes and Queries n.s. 43 (1996): 56-7.

2.         ‘T. E. Hulme’s quotations from Milton and Ireton.’  Notes and Queries n.s. 43 (1996): 441-43.

3.         ‘Pièces d’identité: T. S. Eliot, J. W. N. Sullivan and Poetic Impersonality.’  English Literature in Transition 39 (1996): 149-170.

4.         ‘The Clothbound Universe: Popular Physics Books, 1919-1939.’  Publishing History 40 (1996): 53-82.

5.         ‘“The Indian and his Cross” in Mrs Dalloway.’  Virginia Woolf Miscellany no. 49 (Spring 1997): 4-5.

6.         ‘Inspector Heat Inspected: The Secret Agent and the Meanings of Entropy.’  Review of English Studies 49 (1998): 40-59.

7.         ‘“Sweet Thames” and The Waste Land’s Allusions.’  Essays in Criticism 48 (1998): 35-58.

8.         Review article about work on Joseph Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, and George Orwell. The Year’s Work in English Studies 1996 77, ed. Peter J. Kitson.  Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.  616-31.

9.         ‘Woolf’s Web: Telecommunications and Community.’  Virginia Woolf and Communities: Selected Papers from the Eighth Annual Conference ed. Jeanette McVicker and Laura Davis.  New York: Pace UP, 1999.  161-7.

10.       ‘“The Lighted Strip of History”: Virginia Woolf and Einsteinian Simultaneity.’  Virginia Woolf: Turning the Centuries; Selected Papers from the Ninth Annual Conference ed. Bonnie Kime Scott and Ann Ardis.  New York: Pace UP, 2000.  304-310.

11.       ‘Virginia Woolf and Modernism.’  The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf ed. Sue Roe and Susan Sellers.  Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000.  146-63.

12.       ‘Eliot, Schiff, and Einstein.’ Notes and Queries n.s. 47 (2000): 336-37.

13.       Review article about work on Joseph Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, and George Orwell.  The Year’s Work in English Studies 1997 78, ed. Peter J. Kitson.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.  660-81.

14.       ‘Porous Objects: Self, Community, and the Nature of Matter.’  Virginia Woolf: Out of Bounds; Selected Papers from the Tenth Annual Conference ed. Jessica Berman and Jane Goldman.  New York: Pace UP, 2001.  151-6.  ISBN: 0944473555

15.       Review article about work on Joseph Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, and George Orwell.  The Year’s Work in English Studies 1998 79, ed. Peter J. Kitson.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.

16.       ‘Michael Roberts.’ The Literary Encyclopedia (www., Jul. 2001.

17.       ‘T. E. Hulme.’ The Literary Encyclopedia, Mar. 2001.

18.       ‘Herbert Read.’ The Literary Encyclopedia, Feb. 2001.

19.       ‘Science and the Scientist in Victorian Fiction.’ A Companion to the Victorian Novel ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.  111-121.  ISBN: 0313314071

20.       ‘Physics: “A Strange Footprint.”’  A Concise Companion to Modernism ed. David Bradshaw.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2003 [Nov. 2002].  200-220. ISBN: 0-631-22054-2

21.       ‘Critique of Poetry by Michael Roberts.’ The Literary Encyclopaedia, May 2004.

22.       ‘Speculations by T. E. Hulme.’ The Literary Encyclopaedia, Feb. 2005.

23.       ‘The Complete Poetical Works of T. E. Hulme.’ The Literary Encyclopaedia, Feb. 2005.

24.       ‘”Notes on Language and Style” by T. E. Hulme.’ The Literary Encyclopaedia, Feb. 2005.

25.       ‘Collected Poems by Michael Roberts.’ The Literary Encyclopaedia, Mar. 2005.

26.       Logan Pearsall Smith and Orlando.’  Review of English Studies 55 (2004): 598-604.  ISSN: 0034-6551

27.       ‘Sydney Schiff (1868-1944).’  Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.  Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004.

28.       ‘The Physical Sciences.’  A Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture ed. David Bradshaw and Kevin J. H. Dettmar.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.  39-49.  ISBN: 0-631-20435-0

29.       ‘Three Prose Sources for Hugh MacDiarmid’s “On a Raised Beach.”’ Notes and Queries 54 (June 2007), 175-77.

30.       ‘A Previously Unrecorded Review by Virginia Woolf’ and edited text of ‘Some Poetic Plays’ by Virginia Woolf. Virginia Woolf Bulletin (Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain), no.27 (Jan. 2008), 12-20.

31.       ‘Herbert Read and the New Metaphysical Poetry.’ Re-Reading Read: New Critical Views on Herbert Read, ed. Michael Paraskos.  London: Freedom Press, May 2008.

32.       ‘Culture and Leisure in Hugh MacDiarmid’s “On a Raised Beach.”’ Scottish Studies Review, 9 no.1 (late Spring 2008), 123-43. Online at

33.       ‘Hugh MacDiarmid and Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary.’ Notes and Queries 55 (Mar. 2008), 78-80.

34.       ‘Forms of Culture in Hugh MacDiarmid’s “Etika Preobrazhennavo Erosa.”’ International Journal of Scottish Literature, no.5 (Autumn/Winter 2009).  Available online at

35.       ‘Enemies of Cant: The Athenaeum and The Adelphi’. The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Volume I: Britain and Ireland 1880-1955, ed. Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.  364-388.

36.       Contributions to Oxford Companion to English Literature, 7th edition, ed. Dinah Birch (Oxford UP, 2009).  New entry on John Rodker, and revision of 40 others, totalling 9,955 words.

37.       ‘Science in the Age of Modernism.’ The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms, ed. Peter Brooker, Andrzej Gasiorek, Deborah Longworth, and Andrew Thacker. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

38.       ‘Modernist Poetry and Science.’ Teaching Modernist Poetry, ed. Nicola Marsh and Peter Middleton.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, Feb. 2010.

39.       ‘Virginia Woolf, Modernism, and Modernity.’ Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf, ed. Susan Sellers.  2nd edition.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Feb. 2010.

39.       ‘”Within the ray of light” and without: The New Physics and Modernist Simultaneity.’ Restoring the Mystery of the Rainbow: Literature’s Refraction of Science, ed. Valeria Tinkler-Villani and C.C. Barfoot (DQR Studies in Literature, 78). Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.  683-703.

40.       ‘Natural Science.’ T. S. Eliot in Context, ed. Jason Harding.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

41.       ‘The Use of Science in Hugh MacDiarmid’s Later Poetry.’ The Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid, ed. Margery Palmer McCulloch and Scott Lyall. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

42.       ‘“Strange Synthetic Perfumes”: Investigating Scientific Diction in Twentieth-Century Poetry.’ Science in Modern Poetry: New Directions, ed. John Holmes. Liverpool University Press, April 2012.  87-100.

43.       ‘Woolf, Context, and Contradiction.’ Contradictory Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-First Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, ed. Derek Ryan and Stella Bolaki.  Clemson, SC: Clemson Digital, May 2012. 11-22. Available online.

44.       ‘Versions of History, Versions of Chronology.’ Contribution to a Roundtable on Historicism in Literature and Science, ed. John Holmes. Journal of Literature and Science, 5 no.2 (2012), 72-6.   Available online.

45.       ‘Historicising Woolf: Context Studies.’ Virginia Woolf in Context, ed. Jane Goldman and Bryony Randall.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

46.        ‘The T. S. Eliot Collection.’ Treasures of Merton College, ed. Steven Gunn. London : Third Millennium Publishing, 2013. 126-7.

47.         ‘Rhythm, Form, and Diction in Modernist Poetry.’ A Companion to Modernist Poetry, ed. David E. Chinitz and Gail McDonald.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. [7200 words]

48.          ‘Wordsworth’s 1802 “Preface” to the Lyrical Ballads and 1 Corinthians 15:53.’ Notes and Queries, April 2016 (advanced access).

49.          ‘When was Modernism?’ Oxford 21st Century Approaches to Literature, 1880-1920, ed. Michèle Mendelssohn, Laura Marcus, and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming. [6500 words]


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