The nightmare of history : the fictions of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence /
Helen Wussow.
Bethlehem : Lehigh University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1998.
204 p. ; 25 cm.
0934223467 (alk. paper)
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Bethlehem : Lehigh University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1998.
0934223467 (alk. paper)
general note
Black cloth boards lettered in gold. White illustrated dust jacket printed in grey and black.
local note
Victoria University Library Woolf Collection copy has dust jacket.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-197) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-06-01:
"History" means so many things that those who write about it are in constant danger of losing their subject. Wussow (Univ. of Memphis) believes Woolf and Lawrence engage "history" when they respond to current events (WW I), when they speculate on the shape of time (linear, cyclic, synchronic), and when they write about the violent conflicts that Wussow claims give form to all human activity, particularly love relationships and verbal communication. The author relates a variety of interesting details about these authors' lives, and she offers especially insightful readings of Woolf's Night and Day and Mrs. Dalloway and of Lawrence's The Rainbow and The Fox. However, her comparative approach does not result in the kind of illumination she promises; her best writing occurs when she is focusing on either Woolf or Lawrence rather than drawing comparisons between them. Her uncritical, literal acceptance of Foucault's assumption that war provides the basic form of human existence means that for Wussow, WW I differs "only in scope" from the conflicts of daily life, a trivializing, oversimplified conflation. And if all novels that depict "ongoing conflict between individuals . . . can be termed war novels," then the war-novel genre includes virtually all of Western fiction, and the genre loses its distinctive utility. For upper-division undergraduates through faculty. G. Grieve-Carlson Lebanon Valley College
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This book argues that the works of Woolf and Lawrence are informed by the dynamics of conflict. It examines to what extent the Great War affected their view of social and historical events, as well as suggesting that violence and the structure of battle is evident in their prewar writings.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Abbreviationsp. 11
Introductionp. 15
Our Sad Eventful History: Woolf, Lawrence, and the Great Warp. 31
The Battle between Them: Sexual Conflict in the Early Fictionsp. 50
The Prisonhouse of Language: Writings of the War Yearsp. 69
The Senseless Boxing of Schoolboys: The Sport and Comradeship of Warp. 109
The Silver Globe of Time: War and History in the Postwar Fictionsp. 141
Conclusionp. 177
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 198
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