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 is a Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and a life member of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Her research interests span modernist and contemporary women’s writing, as well as the processes of writing including writers’ drafts, notebooks and diaries. She co-edits the Cambridge edition of Virginia Woolf’s writing for Cambridge University Press.
Given the Choice (Manchester: Cillian Press, 2013).

Virginia Woolf, The Waves, editor with M. Herbert (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf, 2nd edn; editor (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Vanessa and Virginia: A Novel (Two Ravens, 2008, Harcourt 2009).

White Ink: Interviews on Sex, Text and Politics – Hélène Cixous; editor (Stocksfield: Acumen, 2008).

A History of Feminist Literary Criticism, ed. with G. Plain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Live Theory, with I. Blyth (New York and London: Continuum, 2004).

The Writing Notebooks of Hélène Cixous, editor and translator (New York: Continuum, 2004).

Myth and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Women’s Fiction(Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001).

The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf, editor with S. Roe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Hélène Cixous: Authorship, Autobiography and Love(Cambridge: Polity and Blackwell, 1996).

The Semi-Transparent Envelope: Feminism and Fiction, with N. Ward Jouve and S. Roe (London: Marion Boyars, 1994).

The Hélène Cixous Reader, editor and translator (New York: Routledge, 1994).

Language and Sexual Difference (London: Macmillan, and New York: St Martin’s Press, 1991).

Feminist Criticism: Theory and Practice, editor (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, and University of Toronto Press, 1991).

Taking Reality by Surprise, editor (London: The Women’s Press, 1991).

Delighting the Heart (London: The Women’s Press, 1989) reissued 1994.

Writing Differences, editor (Milton Keynes: The Open University Press, and New York: St Martin’s Press, 1988).


Susan has also done translations of the work of Hélène Cixous, most notably La Chambre de Vera (Black Dog, 2006), Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing, with Sarah Cornell (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993) and Coming to Writing’ and Other Essays, with Sarah Cornell, Deborah Jenson and Ann Liddle (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1991).

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