Melba Cuddy-Keane

Emeritus Graduate Faculty


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Cognitive Studies
  • Narrative and Narrative Theory

Recent Presentations

“Beyond Habit: Narrative, Neuroscience, and Flexible Minds.” The Annual Wiegand Memorial Lecture, Munk Centre for Global Studies, University of Toronto, November 13, 2017.  Video can be accessed on Youtube

"Keywords as Memory Palimpsests: from Multiple Histories to Flexible Futures." Keynote presentation at the conference “Beyond the Victorian and Modernist Divide” in Rouen, Normandy, March 2014. Video can be accessed on the Université de Rouen site.

Recent Publications

"Storyminds and Readingminds: Cognitive Plots in David Small’s Stitches and Virginia Woolf’s ‘In the Orchard’.” Narrative 31.1 (2023): 1-25.

"Experiencing the Modernist Storymind: A Cognitive Reading of Narrative Space." Modernism and Close Reading. Ed. David James. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2020. 208-227.

"Distributed Cognition, Porous Qualia, and Modernist Narrative." Distributed Cognition from Victorian Culture to Modernism. Ed. Miranda Anderson, Peter Garratt, and Mark Sprevak. Vol. 4 of The History of Distributed Cognition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2020. 189-208.

"Virginia Woolf and Cohabiting Communities." Modernist Communities. Ed. Caroline Pollentier and Sarah Wilson. Gainesville: U of Florida P, 2019. 89-105

"Florine Stettheimer's Wave and Modern Dance: Reading through Embodied Cognition." Florine Stettheimer Across the Arts. Ed. Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo. Toronto: Book*hug, 2019. 159-178.

Crossing the Victorian/Modernist Divide: From Multiple Histories to Flexible Futures.” Beyond the Victorian/Modernist Divide: Remapping the Turn-of-the-Century Break in Literature, Culture, and the Visual Arts. Ed. Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada and Anne Levita. New York: Routledge, 2018. 21-39.

“Mind-wandering and Mindfulness: A Cognitive Approach to Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse.” Virginia Woolf. Ed. James Acheson. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 16-31.

“July 4 to August 4: Paradigmatic and Palimpsestic Plots in The Good Soldier.” Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier: Centenary Essays. Ed. Max Saunders and Sara Haslam. International Ford Madox Ford Studies, Vol. 14. Leiden, Boston: Brill Rudolpi, 2015. 47-61.

“Movement, Space, and Embodied Cognition in To the Lighthouse.” The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Ed. Allison Pease. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. 58-68.

Cuddy-Keane, Melba, Adam Hammond and Alexandra Peat. Modernism: Keywords. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

“Undefining Mrs. Brown: Modernism, Movement, and anti-Manifestoes.” Virginia Woolf and December 1910:Studies in Rhetoric and Context. Ed. Makiko Minow-Pinkney. Grosmont, Wales: Illuminati Books, 2014. 69-75.

“Woolf, History, Us.” Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-Second Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Ann Martin and Kathryn Holland. Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2013. 13-19.

“Narrative and the Thinking Body: Studies in Embodied Cognition.” Trans. Luo Hsiao-yun and Yang Xiaolin. Foreign Language and Literature [Wai Guo Yu Wen] 26.1 (February 2010): 1-8.

"Narration, Navigation, and Non-conscious Thought: Neuroscientific and Literary Approaches to the Thinking Body." UTQ 79.2 (2010): 680-701.

"World Modelling: Paradigms of Global Consciousness in and around Virginia Woolf." Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury, Volume 2: International Influence and Politics. Ed. Lisa Shahriari and Gina Potts. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 158-76.

“Virginia Woolf and the Public Sphere.” Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf. 2nd ed. Ed. Susan Sellers. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. 231-49.

“Ethics.” Modernism and Theory: A Critical Debate. Ed. Stephen Ross. New York: Routledge, 2008. 208-18.

Introduction and Annotations. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf. New York: Harcourt, 2008. xxxv-lxvi; 151-220.

“Virginia Woolf and Beginning's Ragged Edge.” Narrative Beginnings. Ed. Brian Richardson. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2008. 96-112.

“Global Modernisms.” A Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture. Ed. David Bradshaw and Kevin J. H. Dettmar. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006. 558-64.

Intro and ed.. Leonard and Virginia Woolf, “Are Too Many Books Written and Published?” PMLA 121 (2006): 235-44.

“Narratological Approaches.” Palgrave Advances in Virginia Woolf Studies. Ed. Anna Snaith. New York: Palgrave, 2006. 16-34.

“From Fan-Mail to Readers' Letters: Locating John Farrelly.” Woolf Studies Annual 11 (2005): 3-32.

“Modernist Soundscapes and the Intelligent Ear: An Approach to Narrative through Auditory Perception.” A Companion to Narrative Theory. Ed. James Phelan and Peter J. Rabinowitz. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. 382-98.

Virginia Woolf, the Intellectual, and the Public Sphere. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003.

“Modernism, Geopolitics, Globalization.” Modernism/Modernity 10.3 (2003): 539-58.

“Defining Cultural Democracy: Modernism and Universal Individualism.” Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, 4 (2003): 56-77.

Current Research

A book entitled "Embodied Storyminds: Narrative, Flexibility, Creativity." A mapping project entitled "Subterranean Cartographies."


Hons. BA, University of Manitoba
MA, University of Toronto
PhD, University of Toronto