A partial list-- both incomplete and preferential
    (Arranged in  chronological order, most recent first)


    Goldman, Jane.  The Cambridge Introduction to Virginia Woolf.  Cambridge
    UP, 2006.
     After looking at all the available introductions to Woolf’s life and work, I
    decided that Jane’s was the best and so ordered it for the seminar.  Her
    elegant and concise summaries of the issues of each novel incorporate her
    established interests in modernism and Woolf’s engagement with the visual
    arts, and her critical references are impeccable.

    deGay, Jane.  Virginia Woolf’s Novels and the Literary Past.  Edinburg UP,
    2006,2007.
    I am reading this book because I am interested in Woolf’s relationship to her
    literary past, especially the Victorians.  DeGay’s book focuses on Woolf’s
    reading process, how she engages with texts and transforms them to fit her
    own historical contexts, and in the mechanisms of influence.

    Briggs, Julia .  Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life.  London: Penguin[Allen Lane]
    2005.
    Re-reading Julia Briggs’ study of Woolf’s creative processes is a real labor of
    love.  Briggs’ book is that rare synthesis which sees both the forest and the
    trees: it presents both the kind of general, structural pattern-recognition that
    only comes from  having read and thought about and connected everything in
    Woolf with wonderful nuggets of carefully researched information about
    obscure allusions

    .Dick, Susan.  Virginia Woolf. Routledge, 1989.
    Dick’s slim little volume was something I had picked up at a used bookstore
    somewhere.  I knew she had done the definitive edition of Woolf’s short fiction
    and had read the chapter on how the short stories of Monday or Tuesday
    related to Jacob’s Room.  Interested in how the importance and function of
    storytelling is revealed through individual characters, Dick analyses how the
    short fiction often tests out narrative strategies subsequently used in the
    novels.  Her explanation of how the rhythms of consciousness shape Woolf’s
    narratives is especially helpful.  

    Zwerdling, Alex.   Virginia Woolf and the Real World.  Berkeley: U of CA P,
    1986.
    Zwerdling’s book was the first to thoroughly document the social and
    historical contexts of Woolf’s work and remains a vital and often-quoted
    source today.  I had read bits and pieces of it, and so liked the idea of actually
    reading it all the way through as a coherent argument.  Once I started to get
    into it, I particularly admired the way in which he managed to get beyond the
    simple dichotomies characteristic of early Woolf criticism and see the
    inextricable complexity with which Woolf’s inner and outer world interact with
    each other, how she challenges  “the familiar distinction between objective
    and subjective observation” (23) .  

    Moore, Madeline.  The Short Season Between Two Silences: The Mystical
    and the Political in the Novels of Virginia Woolf.  Boston: Allen & Unwin,
    1984.
    This is one of the first books I read on Woolf, way back in 1993, when I was
    writing my initial paper on Woolf and Georgia O’Keeffe.  It had been useful to
    me then, and several people at this year’s Woolf conference quoted
    passages from it that I found intriguing, so I decided to revisit it. The central
    question of her work – how did VW “reconcile her materialist beliefs with her
    spiritual longings?”— combines aspects of both archetypal and
    social/historical criticism with a somewhat psychological emphasis on
    mystical elements in Woolf’s world view.  

    Lee, Hermione.  The Novels of Virginia Woolf.  New York: Holmes and
    Meier, 1977.
    I picked Hermione Lee’s book because I respected the hard-nosed acumen
    of her magisterial biography of Woolf and was curious as to what she thought
    of the works, apart from the life.  Being published before the great waves of
    Woolf scholarship, the book is sometimes amusingly dismissive of aspects
    of Woolf’s work that have since been treated with great seriousness.  But I do
    admire her critique of the overly facile dichotmomizing of early Woolf criticism.  
    Like Fleishman, she has a rather formalist approach, focusing on how Woolf
    changes the structure of each novel to “match her vision of reality with its
    appropriate form” (14).   

    Fleishman, Avorm.  Virginia Woolf: A Critical Reading. Baltimore: Johns
    Hopkins, 1975.
    I just happened to have a copy of Fleishman that I had picked up
    somewhere.  I remembered the really excellent essay he wrote on the
    structure of Woolf’s short stories, and then doing a search on Woolf and
    flowers on Amazon, I picked up a reference to a passage on flower
    symbolism that intrigued me.  Although Fleishman’s book is way old (in 1975,
    Quentin Bell’s biography had just been published and AF only had access to
    Woolf’s diaries and letters through Bell and the compilation of excerpts , A
    Writer’s Diary, that Leonard Woolf had published in 1953),  I still find it useful,
    perhaps because I share some of his critical antecedents, such as Northrop
    Frye.  Although the book is mostly a study of imagery, Fleishman has a good
    eye for structure and presents helpful analytical outlines of nearly every book.

Resources/ Books on Woolf
Some Books on
Virginia Woolf
Virginia in Vogue
Color Reduction Woodcut
(color digitally altered)
(1999)
Elisa Kay Sparks