Virginia Woolf: Lesbian Readings

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Eileen Barrett, Patricia Cramer
NYU Press, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 288 pages

The last two decades have seen a resurgence of critical and popular attention to Virginia Woolf's life and work. Such traditional institutions as The New York Review of Books now pair her with William Shakespeare in promotional advertisements; her face is used to sell everything from Barnes & Noble books to Bass Ale.

Virginia Woolf: Lesbian Readings represents the first book devoted to Woolf's lesbianism. Divided into two sections, Lesbian Intersections and Lesbian Readings of Woolf's Novels, these essays focus on how Woolf's private and public experience and knowledge of same-sex love influences her shorter fiction and novels. Lesbian Intersections includes personal narratives that trace the experience of reading Woolf through the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Lesbian Readings of Woolf's Novels provides lesbian interpretations of the individual novels, including Orlando, The Waves, and The Years.

Breaking new ground in our understanding of the role Woolf's love for women plays in her major writing, these essays shift the emphasis of lesbian interpretations from Woolf's life to her work.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Death of Sex and the Soul in Mrs Dalloway
9
A Lesbian Reading Virginia Woolf
10
The Pattern behind the Words 2 I
23
Violet Dickinson
37
Homoeroticism and Mentoring
57
Lesbian Modernism in the Shorter Fiction
78
Lesbian Panic
128
The Inverted World
146
Homoerotic Alliances
165
A Precipice Marked V Between
180
Lesbian Suicide in The Waves
203
To the Lighthouse
241
Works Cited 2 59
266
Index
277
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About the author (1997)

Eileen Barrett is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at California State University, Hayward.

Patricia Cramer is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut, Stamford.