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Works

Futures of Comparative Literature: ACLA State of the Discipline Report
Routledge, 2017

Futures of Comparative Literature is a cutting edge report on the state of the discipline in Comparative Literature.

A Companion to Virginia Woolf
Wiley-Blackwell, 2016

A Companion to Virginia Woolf is a thorough examination of her life, work, and multiple contexts in 33 essays written by leading scholars in the field.
-Contains insightful and provocative new scholarship and sketches out new directions for future research
-Approaches Woolf’s writing from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, including modernism, post-colonialism, queer theory, animal studies, digital humanities, and the law
-Explores the multiple trajectories Woolf’s work travels around the world, from the Bloomsbury Group, and the Hogarth Press to India and Latin America
Situates Woolf studies at the vanguard of contemporary literature scholarship and the new modernist studies

Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics and Transnational Modernism
Columbia University Press, 2011

Jessica Berman demonstrates how modernist narrative connects ethical attitudes and responsibilities to the active creation of political relationships and the way we imagine justice. She challenges divisions between “modernist” and “committed” writing, arguing that a continuum of political engagement undergirds modernisms worldwide and that it is strengthened rather than hindered by formal experimentation. While making the case for a transnational model of modernism, this book shows how modernism's play with formal matters, its challenge to the boundaries between fact and fiction, its incorporation of vernacular and folkways, and its engagement with embodied experience and intimacy offer not only an expanded account of modernist texts and commitments but a new way of thinking about what modernism is and can do.

Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Community
Cambridge University Press, 2001; paper 2006

In this book, Jessica Berman claims that modernist fiction engages directly with early twentieth-century transformations of community and cosmopolitanism. Although modernist writers develop radically different models for social organization, their writings return again and again to issues of commonality and shared voice, particularly in relation to dominant discourses of gender and nationality. The writings of Henry James, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and Gertrude Stein not only inscribe early twentieth-century anxieties about race, ethnicity, nationality and gender, but confront them with demands for modern, cosmopolitan versions of community.

Virginia Woolf Out of Bounds, edited by Jessica Berman and Jane Goldman
Pace University Press, 2001

Selected papers from the 10th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, UMBC, June 2000

Papers from the inaugural Woolf conference of the millennium address the future of Woolf study, especially as an opportunity for new intellectual exchanges and mixtures. Among the over forty contributions are several focusing on teaching _A Room of One's Own_.

Selected Works

Books
Futures of Comparative Literature is a cutting edge report on the state of the discipline in Comparative Literature.
"A probing and compendious crow’s nest of a handbook . . .Diligently up-to-the-minute while equally alert to the deeper histories of her critical heritage, it deserves tobecome a standard primer," David Bradshaw, University of Oxford
"remarkable" — Hugues Azérad, The Modern Language Review
" a passionately argued and scrupulously researched book" -- Anne Fernald Modern Fiction Studies
"a worthy addition" with an "imaginative and intellectually provocative introduction" -- Nancy L. Paxton, Virginia Woolf Miscellany

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