Virginia Woolf's Rooms and the Spaces of Modernity

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Springer, Feb 1, 2018 - Literary Criticism - 223 pages

This book provides a fascinating account of rooms in selected works by Virginia Woolf. Casting them as spaces which are at once material, textual and emotional, the volume shows Woolf’s rooms to be consistently connected to wider geographies of modernity and therefore central to her writing of gender, class, empire and the nation. The discussion moves “in and out of rooms,” from the focus on travel in Woolf’s debut novel, to the archival function of built space and literary heritage in Night and Day, the university as a male space of learning in Jacob’s Room, the iconic A Room of One’s Own and its historical readers, interior space as spatial history in The Years, and rooms as loci of memory in her unfinished memoir. Zink masterfully shows the spatial formation of rooms to be at the heart of Woolf’s interweaving of the political and the aesthetic, revealing an understanding of space as dynamic and relational.


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Rereading the Modern
Out of Rooms Imperial Routes and the Impasse of Becoming in The Voyage Out
Night and Day Great Mens Rooms and Womens Lives
Trespassing Spaces of Learning in Jacobs Room
The Womans Room A Room of Ones Own and Its Contemporary Readers
Writing Spatial History The Years
Rooms of Memory A Sketch of the Past

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Suzana Zink is Lecturer at the University of Neuchâtel, a position she has held since 2005. Her teaching experience includes both literature and language courses and her research interests focus on space and place in modernism, especially Virginia Woolf and Jean Rhys.