Dr Alice Wood

Job: VC2020 Senior Lecturer in English

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): English Research, Centre for Textual Studies

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2577198

E: alice.wood@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk/englishresearch


Personal profile

Alice Wood joined the English department at De Montfort University in 2014. Her research and teaching centre on twentieth-century and contemporary literature, with particular focus on British modernism and its cultural contexts, periodical studies, women's writing and feminist theory. She is the author of Virginia Woolf’s Late Cultural Criticism (Bloomsbury, 2013), a genetic survey of Woolf’s late works, and several articles on Woolf’s literary and cultural criticism. Her current research concerns the relationship between modernism and its diverse publics in British women’s magazines of the interwar period. Her second monograph, Modernism and Modernity in British Women's Magazines, will be published by Routledge.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

Virginia Woolf’s Late Cultural Criticism: The Genesis of The Years, Three Guineas, and Between the Acts (Bloomsbury, 2013).

'Housekeeping, Citizenship, and Nationhood in Good Housekeeping and Modern Home', in Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-39: The Interwar Period, ed. Catherine Clay, Maria DiCenzo, Barbara Green and Fiona Hackney (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018), pp. 210-24.

'Modernism, Exclusivity, and the Sophisticated Public of Harper's Bazaar (UK)', Modernist Cultures, 11: 2 (2016): 370-88.

‘Facing Life as We Have Known It: Virginia Woolf and the Women’s Co-operative Guild,’ Literature & History 23: 2 (forthcoming 2014): 18-34.

‘Virginia Woolf’s “Two Women,” or, “The Wrong Way of Reading”.’ in Woolf as Reader/Woolf as Critic or, The Art of Reading in the Present, ed. Catherine Bernard (Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2011), pp. 51-60.

‘Made to Measure: Virginia Woolf in Good Housekeeping Magazine.’ Prose Studies 32: 1 (2010): 12-24. 

Research interests/expertise

  • Twentieth-century literature
  • Modernism
  • Women’s magazines
  • Virginia Woolf

Areas of teaching

  • 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • Modernism
  • Feminism and Gender Studies
  • Contemporary Poetry and Fiction


BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (University of Oxford)

MA Literary Studies (University of Wales, Aberystwyth)

PhD, English Literature (De Montfort University)

Courses taught

  • ENGL2016 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • ENGL3086 Modernism and Modernity
  • MA English

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the British Association of Modernist Studies, Modernist Studies Association, Women’s History Network and International Virginia Woolf Society

Conference attendance

  • Keynote speaker, 'Writers, Readers and Feminist Experimentalism in Interwar Women's Magazines', Twentieth-Century British Periodicals: Words and Art on the Printed Page, 1900-99, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 4 July 2017.
  • 'Trending Modernism in British Vogue and Harper's Bazaar', Modernist Studies Association 17th Annual Conference, Boston, USA, 21 November 2015. Panel paper.
  • ‘Modernism, Novelty and Familiarity in British Women’s Magazines,’ Modernism Now! Institute of English Studies, University of London, 28 June 2014. Panel paper.
  • Invited speaker, ‘Virginia Woolf and Good Housekeeping,’ Modernist Magazines Research Seminar, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, 12 December 2013; available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LufiKFYMrg
  • ‘Modernism in the Mainstream: British Women’s Magazines,’ Modernist Studies Association 15th Annual Conference, University of Sussex, 30 August 2013. Panel paper.
  • ‘Restless Furniture: Memory Spaces in Ruth Klüger’s Still Alive,’ Trauma & Memory: The Holocaust in Contemporary Culture, University of Portsmouth, 12 July 2013. Panel paper.
  • Invited speaker, ‘The Woolfs and the Women’s Co-operative Guild,’ Leonard Woolf Society Inaugural Symposium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Senate House, 24 May 2013.
  • Invited speaker, ‘Vision and Revision: The Textual Genesis of Virginia Woolf’s “A Sketch of the Past,”’ Northern Modernism Seminar, De Montfort University, 11 May 2012.

Professional esteem indicators

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Woolf Studies Annual

I have acted as a peer reviewer for Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship and for Cambridge University Press.

Case studies

Review of a public talk on ‘Women’s Magazines, 1910-1940: Modernity and Modernism’ for the Woodstock Literature Society at Woodstock Library on 2 July 2014: https://sites.google.com/site/woodstockliteraturesociety/reviews



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