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Virginia Woolf: Writing the World$
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Pamela L. Caughie and Diana L. Swanson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780990895800

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780990895800.001.0001

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Virginia Woolf’s Object-Oriented Ecology

Virginia Woolf’s Object-Oriented Ecology

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(p.148) Virginia Woolf’s Object-Oriented Ecology
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Virginia Woolf: Writing the World
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Elsa Högberg

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780990895800.003.0020

This essay proposes that Virginia Woolf’s foregrounding of objects exposes the threat posed by human technology between the World Wars. It suggests that the most unsettling depictions of object encounters appear in her experimental inter-war writing and Between the Acts (1941) because the risk of a second devastating war was very much present—real but incalculable—in the years following the Versailles Treaty. There is an ethical dimension to her object-oriented writing of risk and crisis; such an ethics, this essay argues, can be traced notably in the “Time Passes” section of To the Lighthouse (1927), the interludes of The Waves (1931), and in Between the Acts.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Time Passes, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, Between the Acts, World War, Object oriented ontology, Ecocriticism, Posthumanism

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