Virginia Woolf (Authors in Context)

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Oxford University Press, UK, Jan 13, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
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Political and social change during Woolf's lifetime led her to address the role of the state and the individual. Michael H. Whitworth shows how ideas and images from contemporary novelists, philosophers, theorists, and scientists fuelled her writing, and how critics, film-makers, and novelists have reinterpreted her work for later generations. - ;During Virginia Woolf's lifetime Britain's position in the world changed, and so did the outlook of its people. The Boer War and the First World War forced politicians and citizens alike to ask how far the power of the state extended into the lives of individuals; the rise of fascism provided one menacing answer. Woolf's experiments in fiction, and her unique position in the publishing world, allowed her to address such intersections of the public and the private. Michael H. Whitworth shows how ideas and images from contemporary novelists, philosophers, theorists, and scientists fuelled her writing, and how critics, film-makers, and novelists have reinterpreted her work for later generations. The book includes a chronology of Virginia Woolf's life and times, suggestions for further reading, websites, illustrations, and a comprehensive index. - ;this fine study...produces a fresh portrait of Woolf and her multi-faceted contributions to English letters. The book's presentation of modern British literary and cultural history makes it a rich resource for Woolf scholars and an illuminating introduction for students - Woolf Studies Annual, Volume 12 d
 

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User Review  - Mairead - Goodreads

I really enjoyed the first chapter which was about her life but then the rest got progressively too heavy going for me and I admitted defeat at about half way through. I am a heathen but it was just too intellectual for me - one for Hannah. Read full review

Review: Virginia Woolf (Authors in Context)

User Review  - Evan - Goodreads

Along with Briggs, I'm using this as a companion to reading all of Woolf's works in order. So far, I've found it more theoretically insightful and useful than Briggs in placing Woolf within larger ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Life of Virginia Woolf
1
Nation and Identity
30
3 The Literary Scene
74
4 Philosophical Questions
109
5 Society Individuals and Choices
135
6 Scientific and Medical Contexts
168
7 Recontextualizing and Reconstructing Woolf
192
Notes
227
Further Reading
252
Websites
257
Film and Television Adaptations of Woolfs Novels
258
Index
259
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