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Sexual Difference in Becoming: A Room of One’s Own and To the Lighthouse

Derek Ryan

in Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory: Sex, Animal, Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748676439
eISBN:
9780748684359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676439.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter focuses on sexual difference in A Room of One’s Own and To the Lighthouse. The first half of the chapter stages a dialogue between Woolf’s much-discussed theory of ‘androgyny’, ... More


Making Room for A Room of One’s Own

Molly Hite

in Woolf's Ambiguities: Tonal Modernism, Narrative Strategy, Feminist Precursors

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501714450
eISBN:
9781501714474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501714450.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter is the first of three sustained comparisons showing how books by Elizabeth Robins influenced and interacted with parallel works by Woolf. A Room of One’s Own, still widely regarded as ... More


Bi-sexing the Unmentionable Mary Hamiltons in A Room of One’s Own: The Truth and Consequences of Unintended Pregnancies and Calculated Cross-Dressing

Vara S. Neverow

in Contradictory Woolf

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780983533955
eISBN:
9781781384930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter offers a reading of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, focusing on the four Marys in the novel. In the second paragraph of A Room, the nameless narrator mentions three Marys: Mary ... More


Domestic Sacred Spaces

Jane de Gay

in Virginia Woolf and Christian Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474415637
eISBN:
9781474449687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415637.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter examines Woolf’s conceptualization of the home as a sacred space. It analyses her critique of Victorian domestic architecture in the light of Evangelical understandings of separate ... More


“But…I had said ‘but’ too often.” Why “but”?

Judith Allen

in Contradictory Woolf

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780983533955
eISBN:
9781781384930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores the repeated difference of Virginia Woolf's use of the word “but,” as well as her parentheses and ellipses, in A Room of One's Own, and of key terms in Three Guineas (1938) ... More


Kenya Colony and the Kenya Novel: The East African Heritage of “A Very Fine Negress” in A Room of One’s Own

Jeanne Dubino

in Virginia Woolf and Heritage

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781942954422
eISBN:
9781786944368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954422.003.0023
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

‘It is one of the great advantages of being a woman that one can pass even a very fine negress without wishing to make an Englishwoman of her.’ Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own At the time ... More


Artist at a Crossroads

Barbara Lounsberry

in Virginia Woolf's Modernist Path: Her Middle Diaries and the Diaries She Read

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813062952
eISBN:
9780813051833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062952.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Woolf’s 1928 diary offers the reflections of an artist at a juncture: “some uneasy sense, of change,” she writes in her first entry. Orlando’s completion and surprise success dominates this diary. ... More


Virginia Woolf, Composition Theorist: How Imagined Audiences Can Wreck a Writer

Kelle Sills Mullineaux

in Virginia Woolf: Writing the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780990895800
eISBN:
9781781382400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780990895800.003.0028
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In regard to Virginia Woolf’s merit as a composition theorist and her conception of imagined audiences, this essay offers three arguments. First, Woolf foresaw many of the concerns about imagined ... More


“When dogs will become men”: Melancholia, Canine Allegories, and Theriocephalous Figures in Woolf’s Urban Contact Zones

Jane Goldman

in Woolf and the City

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780984259830
eISBN:
9781781382226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780984259830.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter considers the implications of the canine in Woolf's urban contact zones where dogs and their people interact. Woolf rhetorically remodifies patriarchal and racist dog tropes to the point ... More


Passionate Debates on ‘Odious Subjects’: Bisexuality and Woolf’s Opposition to Theories of Androgyny and Sexual Identity

Brenda Helt

in Queer Bloomsbury

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474401692
eISBN:
9781474422123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401692.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Helt argues that Virginia Woolf’s literary depictions of bisexuality oppose theories of desire, eroticism, and identity in terms of sexual ‘types’, such as the lesbian. For Woolf, bisexuality and ... More


Woolf's Ambiguities: Tonal Modernism, Narrative Strategy, Feminist Precursors

Molly Hite

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501714450
eISBN:
9781501714474
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501714450.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This study argues that the greatest formal innovation in Virginia Woolf’s fiction is the muting, complicating or effacing of tonal cues: textual pointers guiding how readers feel and make ethical ... More


Rush, Urgency, Wound, and Rescue

Barbara Lounsberry

in Virginia Woolf's Modernist Path: Her Middle Diaries and the Diaries She Read

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813062952
eISBN:
9780813051833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062952.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Woolf’s 1925 diary repeats the alarming scenario of her 1921 diary. In January and February 1925, Woolf gives over her diary time to ready The Common Reader and Mrs. Dalloway for Hogarth Press. She ... More


Introduction

Rachel M. Brownstein

in Why Jane Austen?

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153911
eISBN:
9780231527248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153911.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This introductory chapter begins by considering late twentieth-century feminist literary critics in order to account for the special status of Jane Austen and her novels in contemporary culture. From ... More


“A Certain Hold on Haddock and Sausage”: Dining Well in Virginia Woolf’s Life and Work

Alice Lowe

in Virginia Woolf and the Natural World

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780983533900
eISBN:
9781781382202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780983533900.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Much has been written and discussed about Woolf's eating disorders, her fear and loathing of food, and refusal to eat properly (or at all) when she was ill. This chapter shows that Woolf also had a ... More


Thinking Back through Virginia Woolf: Woolf as Portal in Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Small Backs of Children

Catherine W. Hollis

in Virginia Woolf and Heritage

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781942954422
eISBN:
9781786944368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954422.003.0036
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

“I am not Virginia Woolf,” a character exclaims in Lidia Yuknavitch’s award-winning novel The Small Backs of Children (2015). But who among us is? If we are women writers, particularly experimental ... More


Teaching Virginia Woolf in Sin City: Vegas Entertainers and a New Feminist Heritage

Kaylee Baucom

in Virginia Woolf and Heritage

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781942954422
eISBN:
9781786944368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954422.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Feminist discourse is evolving and a new wave of feminist consciousness is appearing in the media, in political debates, and in the classroom. I teach literature at a community college in Las Vegas, ... More


Report to the Memoir Club: Scenes from a Colonial Childhood

Marina Warner

in Contradictory Woolf

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780983533955
eISBN:
9781781384930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines Virginia Woolf's “contrariness” with respect to authority, class, and the British Empire by bringing her into conversation with Voltaire. Woolf 's opening rejoinder, “But, you ... More


Epilogue

Barbara Lounsberry

in Virginia Woolf's Modernist Path: Her Middle Diaries and the Diaries She Read

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813062952
eISBN:
9780813051833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062952.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

A crisis in November 1918 propels Woolf into her second diary stage: that of her thirteen mature, spare, modernist diaries, 1918 to 1929. These semiprivate diaries reveal her steady growth into her ... More


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