Brenda R. Silver

Academic Appointments

Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor, Emerita

I tend to describe myself as a modernist and Woolf scholar who has moved over the years into postmodernism, electronic literature, and cyberculture.  I like what's new.  My research and teaching interests include modernist and postmodernist fiction, electronic fiction and digital art forms, popular culture and cultural studies, cypberpunk, and, always, Virginia Woolf.

My course offerings include Twentieth-Century British Fiction; Virginia Woolf; Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein (Woolfenstein); Postmodern Fiction: Boxes, Labyrinths, and Webs; Cyberculture/Popular Culture; and Popular Culture and Feminist Critique.



Ph.D., Harvard University

Selected Publications

  • Virginia Woolf Icon. University of Chicago Press, 1999

  • Rape and Representation, edited with Lynn A. Higgins. Columbia University Press, 1991

  • Virginia Woolf's Reading Notebooks. Princeton University Press, 1983

  • "Anon" and "The Reader": Virginia Woolf's Last Essays.  A Textual Edition, with Introduction and Commentary.  Twentieth Century Literature (Fall l979/80).

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Works In Progress

  • "Intellectual Crossings and Reception." Forthcoming, Cambridge Companion to Bloomsbury, ed. Victoria Rosner. Cambridge University Press, 2013

  • "Waving to Virginia." Forthcoming in Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf, ed. Ann Martin and Kathryn Holland. Clemson University Press, 2013.

  • "On or About December, 1910: The Iconic Life of a Familiar Quotation." Forthcoming in Virginia Woolf and December 1910, ed. Makiko Minow-Pinkney.  Illuminati Books, 2013