Susan's PhD supervision has included work on Virginia Woolf, Hélène Cixous, myth in contemporary women's writing, women and the divine, women's war diaries, and trauma and writing.




  • General editor, with Jane Goldman, Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Suzanne Raitt and Ian Blyth (eds), Cambridge University Press (in press)
  • General editor, with Jane Goldman, Virginia Woolf's Night and Day, Michael Whitworth (ed), Cambridge University Press (in press)
  • General editor, with Jane Goldman, Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, Anne E. Fernald (ed), Cambridge University Press, 2015
  • General editor, with Jane Goldman, The Years, Virginia Woolf, Anna Snaith (ed), Cambridge University Press, 2012
  • Editor with Gill Plain, A History of Literary Criticism, Cambridge University Press, 2012 (paperback edition)
  • Author, Pied-à-Terre (prose fiction), submitted to publishers
  • Author, Given the Choice (prose fiction), Cillian Press, 2013
  • 『ヴァネッサとヴァージニア』, Japanese translation, Sairyu-sha, due Sept 2017
  • Vanessa i Virginia, Polish translation, Swiat Ksiazki, 2014
  • Vanessa & Virginia, Finnish translation, Into, 2013
  • Vanesa ir Virdzinija, Lithuanian translation, Gimtasis Zodis, 2013
  • Vanessa e Virginia, Italian translation, Beat Biblioteca, 2013
  • Las Hermanas Woolf, Spanish translation, Planeta, 2013 ('booket' edition)
  • Vanessa e Virginia, Brazilian translation, Novo Seculo, 2012
  • 文尼莎與弗吉尼亞, Chinese translation, Nanjing University Press, World Classics Library, 2012
  • Vanessa and Virginia: A One Act Play, Elizabeth Wright (adaptor), Playdead Press, 2013
  • 'Writing the Truth of a Life', in Global Truthful Fictions, Michael Lackey (ed), Bloomsbury (submitted)
  • 'Virginia Woolf: Writing and the Ordinary Mind', in Thinking Through Style: Non-Fiction Prose of the Long Nineteenth Century, Michael D. Hurley and Marcus Waithe (eds), Oxford University Press, due Sept 2017
  • 'Introduction', Collector's Library edition of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Pan Macmillan, due Sept 2017
  • 'Woolf and the Essay', The Eighteenth Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture, published as a limited edition booklet by the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, 2017
  • 'About Vanessa and Virginia', in Biographical Fiction: A Reader, Michael Lackey (ed), Bloomsbury, 2017
  • 'Virginia Woolf', in Fifty-One Key Feminist Thinkers, Lori J. Marso (ed), Routledge, 2016
  • 'From Pre-Historic Caves to Time Tunnels: Reflections on Woolf, Human Character and the Past', in Virginia Woolf and December 1910: Studies in Rhetoric and Context, Makiko Minow-Pinkney (ed), Illuminati, 2014
  • 'Reading in Tandem: The Gifts of H.C., Hommage à Hélène Cixous, Marta Segarra (ed), published by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, 2012
  • 'Writing Historical Fiction', in The Female Figure in Contemporary Historical Fiction, with Alice Thompson, Katherine Cooper and Emma Short (eds), Palgrave Macmillan 2012
  • 'Introduction', The Legacy of Katherine Mansfield, Katherine Mansfield Society booklet, 2012
  • 'Tips and Tales', in The Arvon Book of Literary Non-Fiction, Sally Cline and Midge Gillies (eds), Bloomsbury, 2012
Other Book Publications:
  • General editor with Jane Goldman and editor with Michael Herbert, Virginia Woolf's The Waves, Cambridge University Press, 2011
  • General editor with Jane Goldman, Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts, Mark Hussey (ed), Cambridge University Press, 2011
  • Original author, Virginia, mon amour, ma soeur, French translation, Editions Autrement, 2011
  • Original author, Las Hermanas Woolf, Spanish translation, emecé, 2011
  • Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf (second edition), Cambridge University Press, 2010
  • Original author, Vanessa ve Virginia, Turkish translation, Sel, 2010
  • Original author, Vanessa och Virginia, Swedish translation, Ordfront, 2010
  • Original author, Vanessa & Virginia, Dutch translation, Artemis, 2009
  • Author, Vanessa and Virginia (biographical fiction) Two Ravens (2008) and Harcourt (2009), Mariner Books 2010 (paperback edition), Audible (2010)
  • Editor and translator, White Ink: Interviews on Sex, Text and Politics, Hélène Cixous, Columbia University Press, 2008
  • Editor with Gill Plain, A History of Feminist Literary Criticism, Cambridge University Press, 2007
  • Translator, Hélène Cixous: La Chambre de Vera, Black Dog Publishing, 2006
  • Author with Ian Blyth, Live Theory, Continuum, 2004
  • Editor and translator, The Writing Notebooks of Hélène Cixous, Continuum, 2004
  • Author, Myth and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Women's Fiction, Macmillan, 2002
  • Editor with Sue Roe and contributor, The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf, Cambridge University Press, 2000
  • Author, Hélène Cixous: Authorship, Autobiography and Love, Polity Blackwell, 1996
  • Editor, Instead of Full Stops, The Women's Press, 1996
  • Author, Language and Sexual Difference, Macmillan, 1995
  • Editor and translator, The Hélène Cixous Reader, Routledge, 1994
  • Author with Nicole Ward Jouve and Sue Roe, The Semi-Transparent Envelope: Feminism and Fiction, Marion Boyars, 1994
  • Translator with Sarah Cornell, Hélène Cixous: Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing, Columbia University Press, 1993
  • Editor, Feminist Criticism: Theory and Practice, Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991
  • Editor, Taking Reality by Surprise, The Women's Press, 1991
  • Editor, Delighting the Heart: A Notebook by Women Writers, The Women's Press, 1988
  • Editor and translator: Writing Differences, Open University Press and St Martin's New York, 1988
Other Selected Short Publications:
  • 'Painting in Prose' (with Elizabeth Wright), in Making Sense: For an Effective Aesthetics, Lorna Collins and Elizabeth Rush (eds), Peter Lang, 2011
  • 'Q and A with Susan Sellers', in the Virginia Woolf Miscellany, Number 79, Spring 2011
  • Extract from Myth and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Women's Fiction in Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader, Mary Eagleton (ed), Wiley Blackwell, 2011
  • 'Interview with Julia Kristeva' in Contemporary Women's Fiction in Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader, Mary Eagleton (ed), Wiley Blackwell, 2011
  • 'Desert Island Texts', in Women: A Cultural Review, Twenty-First Anniversary Issue, Volume 212 Number 1, Spring 2010
  • 'Inspired by Woolf', in Woolf and the City, Elizabeth F. Evans and Sarah E, Cornish (eds), Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, 2010
  • 'Scottish? What's That?' (memoir), Cleave: New Writing by Women in Scotland, Sharon Blackie (ed), Two Ravens Press, 2008
  • 'Taking Stock' (prose fiction), in The Book of St Andrews, Robert Crawford (ed), Polygon, 2007
  • 'Writing the Enigma: Editing Hélène Cixous's Writing Notebooks', Translating Hélène Cixous, Marta Segarra (ed), Rodopi, 2004
  • 'Writing is Learning to Die: Hélène Cixous and the School of the Dead', Oxford Literary Review, volume 24, 2002
  • 'Know Thine Enemy' (prose fiction), Writing Wrongs, Canongate, 2002
  • 'Tales of Love: Narcissism and Idealization in The Public Image', Theorising Muriel Spark: Gender, Race, Deconstruction, Martin McQuillan (ed), Palgrave, 2001
  • 'Virginia Woolf's Diaries and Letters', The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf, Susan Sellers and Sue Roe (eds), Cambridge University Press, 2000
  • '"The Pleasure of the Damned", or Why Feminists Hate Fairy Tales', in New Comparison, number 27/28, 2000

 Virginia Woolf, The Waves 
 The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf  
 Vanessa and Virginia US edition
 White Ink
 A History of Feminist Literary Criticism
 Hélène Cixous: Live Theory
 The Writing Notebooks of Hélène Cixous
 Myth and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Women's Fiction  
 Hélène Cixous: Authorship, Autobiography and Love
 The Semi-Transparent Envelope
 The Hélène Cixous Reader

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Prof Susan Sellers

Education and Experience

Susan Sellers studied in London and Paris, receiving a DEA from the Sorbonne and a PhD from the University of London. While in Paris she worked closely with leading French feminist writers, particularly Hélène Cixous. She has written several books including Myth and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Women's Writing and Hélène Cixous: Authorship, Autobiography and Love. In 2008 she published Vanessa and Virginia, a fictional account of the sibling rivalry between Virginia Woolf and the painter Vanessa Bell, which has been translated into numerous languages. She is co-editor of the Cambridge University Press edition of Woolf's writing and volume editor of Woolf's novel The Waves.

Research Interests

Susan co-directs the MLitt in Women, Writing and Gender and the MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture and would be interested in receiving applications for doctoral research in the general areas of women's literary fiction (particularly women's rewritings of canonical texts) and creative writing. She is especially interested in the processes of writing and in writers' drafts, notebooks and diaries.

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PhD Supervision

Jess Orr, Zoe Sutherland, Adam Welstead

Professor Susan Sellers

Contact information

Room: NS66 Rm 15
Phone: 2623

Consultation hours:
By appointment

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School role

Head of Modern and Contemporary Research Group

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