Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 17, 2006 - Fiction - 223 pages
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From her girlhood in her father's library to the end of her life, Virginia Woolf read widely and with passion. Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader shows how Virginia Woolf's reading affected her feminism and how her feminism affected her opinions of her reading. This new work looks at the impact of that intense reading on Woolf's writing and on her feminism. Each chapter looks at an aspect of her thinking--her attitude towards the English nation, the imagination, the public sphere, and fame--through the lens of a literary period, from Ancient Greece through the Romantics. The epilogue explores Woolf's surprising legacy among contemporary African writers.

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About the author (2006)

Anne E. Fernald is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing and Composition at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center. Fernald's work on Virginia Woolf and on modernism has appeared in Feminist Studies, Modern Fiction Studies, and Twentieth Century Literature as well as in several edited collections. A frequent book reviewer, she is also the book review editor for Woolf Studies Annual.