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Not Thinking Back through Our Mothers: Elizabeth Robins and the Feminist Polemical Novel

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/9781501714450.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter considers Woolf’s lifelong association with Robins, a charismatic novelist, actress, and suffrage activist. Despite Woolf’s famous claim that the most important Edwardian writers were ... 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


Against Interpretation?: Hedda and the Performing Self

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr

in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler: Philosophical Perspectives

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190467876
eISBN:
9780190467913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190467876.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter reads Hedda Gabler as self-conscious actor and director of her own drama. It builds on the groundbreaking work of Gay Gibson Cima on Elizabeth Robins’s depiction of Hedda in 1891. Cima ... More


Woolf’s Tone: Listening to Mrs. Dalloway

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/9781501714450.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter introduces the idea of tonal cues and considers how they work to guide readers’ affective responses—or are muted, contradictory or simply absent--in what is perhaps Woolf’s best-known ... More


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