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Virginia Woolf against empire /
Kathy J. Phillips.
1st ed.
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c1994.
xl, 267 p. : ill.
0870498339 (cl : alk. paper)
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Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c1994.
0870498339 (cl : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-05:
This study of Woolf's fiction focuses on Woolf as a cultural critic who satirizes social institutions and suggests that seemingly diverse institutions such as imperialism, the military, and marriage reinforce each other. Phillips establishes a synergistic relationship between Leonard Woolf's anti-imperialist writings and Virginia Woolf's critique of social systems in her novels. With insightful departure from a narrow definition of modernism that defines Woolf as championing the personal above social action, Phillips presents Woolf's satiric characters as products of dangerous ideologies. Reading female characters as coconspirators in the patriarchal structure, she refutes readings that suggest that Woolf's indirect manner results from societal demands that women suppress feelings toward men and readings that suggest that characters represent Woolf's unconscious repression of anger. Judicious use of diaries, essays, and, in particular, Three Guineas as a gloss on the fiction reinforces the centrality of Woolf's social commentary. Thoughtful readings of Jacob's Room, To the Lighthouse, and Orlando are invaluable. Accessible to upper-division undergraduates and graduate students; a must read for scholars who teach Virginia Woolf's fiction. N. Allen; Beaver College
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Table of Contents
Devouring the Lamb: Sex, Money, and Warp. 1
Mrs. Dallowayp. 1
The Yearsp. 26
Staking a Territory: Marriagep. 52
The Voyage Outp. 52
Night and Dayp. 79
To the Lighthousep. 94
Freshwaterp. 116
Securing the Circle: The Education of an Empire-Builderp. 121
Jacob's Roomp. 121
The Wavesp. 153
Playing Out History: Becoming a Womanp. 184
Orlandop. 184
Between the Actsp. 200
Conclusionp. 221
Notesp. 251
Works Citedp. 255
Indexp. 265
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