Essays on the Self

The question of the self is central, in some way, to every essay in this book.

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: Classic Collection

ISBN: 1907903925

Category: Self

Page: 184

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Questions of identity and individual experience are addressed by Virgina Woolf in this superb collection The Notting Hill Editions Classic Collection series brings together the great essayists of the past, introduced by contemporary writers. Essays on the Self is a surprising collection spanning twenty-one years of Virginia Woolf's life, from the ages of thirty-seven to fifty-eight, the year before her suicide. The question of the self is central, in some way, to every essay in this book. Whether she is discussing the rights of women, the revolutions of modernity, social inequality, or the future of the novel, Woolf acknowledges that a writer's task is to find a unique self through which to view the world. The thirteen essays are introduced by the novelist Joanna Kavenna.

Virginia Woolf s Essays

For Woolf, the essay was born with Montaigne, `the first of the moderns' (25), to satisfy the need for self-expression, but has become in modern times a vehicle of vanity and exhibitionism, encouraging its writers to indulge their taste ...

Author: E. Gualtieri

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230599147

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Although marginal and often neglected genres, the sketch and the essay represented for Virginia Woolf the two forms of writing through which she articulated her understanding of the workings of literary history. In this innovative study, Elena Gualtieri analyses in detail the intersection between essays and sketches in Woolf's non-fiction as part of a far-reaching argument about the scopes and models of feminist criticism, its understanding of the historical process and its position in the panorama of twentieth-century intellectual history.

Essays on the Self

The question of the self is central, in some way, to every essay in this book.

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 9781910749371

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 184

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The Notting Hill Editions Classic Collection series brings together the great essayists of the past, introduced by contemporary writers. Essays on the Self is a surprising collection spanning twenty-one years of Virginia Woolf’s life, from the ages of thirty-seven to fifty-eight, the year before her suicide. The question of the self is central, in some way, to every essay in this book. Whether she is discussing the rights of women, the revolutions of modernity, social inequality, or the future of the novel, Woolf acknowledges that a writer’s task is to find a unique self through which to view the world. The thirteen essays are introduced by the novelist Joanna Kavenna.

The Essays of Virginia Woolf 1912 1918

Essays beginning at the time of her marriage to Leonard Woolf and ending just after the Armistice. More than half have not been collected previously. "In these essays we see both Woolf's work and her self afresh" (Chicago Tribune).

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

ISBN: UOM:39076002000821

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 448

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Essays beginning at the time of her marriage to Leonard Woolf and ending just after the Armistice. More than half have not been collected previously. "In these essays we see both Woolf's work and her self afresh" (Chicago Tribune). Edited and with an Introduction by Andrew McNeillie; Index.

Virginia Woolf s Common Reader

The issue of subjectivity and its significance in Woolf's essays is a key issue in this book and the essay genre's ... had described it as a natural form of self-expression. the critic graham good added to this by calling the essay 'an ...

Author: Katerina Koutsantoni

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317001577

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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In the first comprehensive study of Virginia Woolf's Common Reader, Katerina Koutsantoni draws on theorists from the fields of sociology, sociolinguistics, philosophy, and literary criticism to investigate the thematic pattern underpinning these books with respect to the persona of the 'common reader'. Though these two volumes are the only ones that Woolf compiled herself, they have seldom been considered as a whole. As a result, what they reveal about Woolf's position with regard to the processes of writing, reading, and critical analysis has not been fully examined. Koutsantoni challenges the critical commonplace that equates Woolf's strategy of self-effacement and personal removal from her works as a necessary compromise that allowed her to achieve authorial recognition in a male-dominated context. Rather, Koutsantoni argues that an investigation of impersonality in Woolf's essays reveals the potential of the genre to function both as a vehicle for the subjective and dialogic expression of the author and reader and as a venue for exploring topics with which the ordinary reader can relate. As she explores and challenges the meaning of impersonality in Woolf's Common Reader, Koutsantoni shows how the related issues of subjectivity, authority, reader-response, intersubjectivity, and dialogism offer useful perspectives from which to examine Woolf's work.

Virginia Woolf

The speaker in " An Unwritten Novel " had asked , " But when the self speaks to the self , who is speaking ? " ( HH , 19 ) . In these stories Virginia Woolf is always answering that question , defining , characterizing , dramatizing the ...

Author: Ralph Freedman

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520039807

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

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Reading Virginia Woolf s Essays and Journalism

And although Woolf wrote that ' naturally I see Bloomsbury only from my own angle – not from yours ' ( MoB , 197 ) , her ' own angle ' , her ' stance ' , her ' self in the essay is shaped not only by being ' commanded by Molly , but by ...

Author: Leila Brosnan

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015047064632

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 191

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This first study of Virginia Woolf's non-fiction writing from a historical and theoretical perspective covers in detail Woolf's essays and journalism, including the juvenilia, reviews, critical essays, autobiographical writings, A Room of One's Own, and Three Guineas.

Virginia Woolf

of literary expression and issues of authorial identity in the chapter 'Virginia Woolf, (Auto)biography and the Eros of ... The eleven essays included in the volume are subdivided into five sections: Self and Identity; Language and ...

Author: Dubino Jeanne Dubino

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748693948

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Reconsiders Virginia Woolf's work for the 21st century focusing on coevolution, duality and contradiction. These eleven newly commissioned essays represent the evolution, or coevolution, of Woolf studies in the early twenty-first century. Divided into five parts. Self and Identity; Language and Translation; Culture and Commodification; Human, Animal and Nonhuman; and Genders, Sexualities and Multiplicities, the essays represent the most recent scholarship on the subjective, provisional, and contingent nature of Woolf's work. The expert contributors consider unstable constructions of self and identity, and language and translation from multiple angles, including shifting textualities, culture and the marketplace, critical animal studies, and discourses that fracture and revise gender and sexuality.Key Features: - Extends existing critical work that considers a multiplicity of constructions of Virginia Woolf- Demonstrates original and diverse ways of reading this canonical (and contradictory) author- Explores multiple meanings related to the conjoined, fused, connected and evolving nature of Woolf studies- Considers new configurations, new pairings, and new ways of placing ideas in tension around Woolf's work for a postmodern, postmillennial eraEditor bio: Jeanne Dubino is Professor of English and Global Studies, Department of Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies, Appalachian State University, Boone. Gill Lowe is Senior Lecturer in English at University Campus Suffolk, School of Arts and Humanities, University Campus Suffolk. Vara Neverow is Professor of English and Women's Studies, English Department, Engleman Hall, Southern Connecticut State University. Kathryn Simpson is Senior Lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Virginia Woolf s Essayism

(Klaus, The Made-up Self, p. 81) The charge of impersonality has been levelled against Woolf by numerous critics. Katerina Koutsantoni refutes this claim in her study of Woolf's essays, indicating that '[t]he ways in which Woolf's ...

Author: Randi Saloman

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748656226

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Explores the way Woolf used essay-writing techniques to develop her own conception of the modern novel. This book forcuses on Woolf's vast output of essays and their relation to her fiction. Saloman shows that it was by employing tools and methods drawn f

The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf

56), she speaks poignantly about the reading lists of a self-educated twenty-year-old, and of her memory of childhood reading. Virginia Woolf's essays can be read as the autobiography of a reader, full of personal emotion and intimacy.

Author: Susan Sellers

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521896948

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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A revised and fully updated edition, featuring five new chapters reflecting recent scholarship on Woolf.

The Dialogic Self

Virginia Woolf and the Androgynous Vision ( New Brunswick , N.J .: Rutgers University Press , 1973 ) , 46 . 7. Virginia Woolf , " Women and Fiction , " in Collected Essays ( London : Hogarth , 1966 ) , 2 : 141—48 . In that essay Woolf ...

Author: Roxanne J. Fand

Publisher: Susquehanna University Press

ISBN: 1575910225

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 241

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By theorizing subjectivity according to the dialogic model of Mikhail Bakhtin, author Roxanne J. Fand posits a moderating self-narrator who, rather than imposing a single authoritarian voice of fixed ideology and identity, negotiates among diverse internalized voices of one's social-ecological milieu.

Religion Secularism and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf

At the essay's beginning and end the distinction between the domestic interior and the city streets is emphasised through an invocation of winter air and the changing nature of the self, which is defined by objects and memory when ...

Author: Kristina K. Groover

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030325688

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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Religion, Secularism, and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf offers an expansive interdisciplinary study of spirituality in Virginia Woolf's writing, drawing on theology, psychology, geography, history, gender and sexuality studies, and other critical fields. The essays in this collection interrogate conventional approaches to the spiritual, and to Woolf’s work, while contributing to a larger critical reappraisal of modernism, religion, and secularism. While Woolf’s atheism and her sharp criticism of religion have become critical commonplaces, her sometimes withering critique of religion conflicts with what might well be called a religious sensibility in her work. The essays collected here take up a challenge posed by Woolf herself: how to understand her persistent use of religious language, her representation of deeply mysterious human experiences, and her recurrent questions about life's meaning in light of her disparaging attitude toward religion. These essays argue that Woolf's writing reframes and reclaims the spiritual in alternate forms; she strives to find new language for those numinous experiences that remain after the death of God has been pronounced.

Virginia Woolf

Sweet is the lore which Nature brings; our meddling intellect mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:– We murder to dissect.69 The 'stern and philosophical' self in Woolf's essay expresses a similar scepticism about the ability of the ...

Author: Lorraine Sim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317001607

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

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In her timely contribution to revisionist approaches in modernist studies, Lorraine Sim offers a reading of Virginia Woolf's conception of ordinary experience as revealed in her fiction and nonfiction. Contending that Woolf's representations of everyday life both acknowledge and provide a challenge to characterizations of daily life as mundane, Sim shows how Woolf explores the potential of everyday experience as a site of personal meaning, social understanding, and ethical value. Sim's argument develops through readings of Woolf's literary representations of a subject's engagement with ordinary things like a mark on the wall, a table, or colour; Woolf's accounts of experiences that are both common and extraordinary such as physical pain or epiphanic 'moments of being'; and Woolf's analysis of the effect of new technologies, for example, motor-cars and the cinema, on contemporary understandings of the external world. Throughout, Sim places Woolf's views in the context of the philosophical and lay accounts of ordinary experience that dominated the cultural thought of her time. These include British Empiricism, Romanticism, Platonic thought and Post-Impressionism. In addition to drawing on the major novels, particularly The Voyage Out, Mrs. Dalloway, and To the Lighthouse, Sim focuses close attention on short stories such as 'The Mark on the Wall', 'Solid Objects', and 'Blue & Green'; nonfiction works, including 'On Being Ill', 'Evening over Sussex: Reflections in a Motor-car', and 'A Sketch of the Past'; and Woolf's diaries. Sim concludes with an account of Woolf's ontology of the ordinary, which illuminates the role of the everyday in Woolf's ethics.

The Oxford Handbook of Virginia Woolf

P4 Woolf's essays do not deploy the detached critical tone or a sense of absolute authority that her friend T.S. Eliot ... the inner self, but it is really the psychological and aesthetic self that she describes; Woolf's inner self is ...

Author: Anne E. Fernald

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192539632

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 672

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With thirty-nine original chapters from internationally prominent scholars, The Oxford Handbook of Virginia Woolf is designed for scholars and graduate students. Feminist to the core, each chapter examines an aspect of Woolf's achievement and legacy. Each contribution offers an overview that is at once fresh and thoroughly grounded in prior scholarship. Six sections focus on Woolf's life, her texts, her experiments, her life as a professional, her contexts, and her afterlife. Opening chapters on Woolf's life address the powerful influences of family, friends, and home. The section on her works moves chronologically, emphasizing Woolf's practice of writing essays and reviews alongside her fiction. Chapters on Woolf's experimentalism pay special attention to the literariness of Woolf's writing, with opportunity to trace its distinctive watermark while 'Professions of Writing', invites readers to consider how Woolf worked in cultural fields including and extending beyond the Hogarth Press and the TLS. The 'Contexts' section moves beyond writing to depict her engagement with the natural world as well as the political, artistic, and popular culture of her time. The final section on afterlives demonstrates the many ways Woolf's reputation continues to grow, across the globe, and across media, in ideas and in artistic expression. Of particular note, chapters explore three distinct Woolfian traditions in fiction: the novel of manners, magical realism, and the feminist novel.

New Feminist Essays on Virginia Woolf

They find that Mrs Ramsay — feather-brained self-satisfied manipulator – is actually the reason for her husband's unhappiness and her son's failure to reach the lighthouse. These diametrically opposed views depend on a common ...

Author: Jane Marcus

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349054862

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Virginia Woolf s Good Housekeeping Essays

Schiff, Karen, 'Moments of Reading and Woolf's Literary Criticism', in Virginia Woolf and the Essay, eds. ... Self, Will, Psychogeography: Disentangling the Modern Conundrum of Psyche and Place, New York: Bloomsbury, 2007.

Author: Christine Reynier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429841187

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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In the mid-twentieth century, Virginia Woolf published ‘Six Articles on London Life’ in Good Housekeeping magazine, a popular magazine where fashion, cookery and house decoration is largely featured. This first book-length study of what Woolf calls ‘little articles’ proposes to reassess the commissioned essays and read them in a chronological sequence in their original context as well as in the larger context of Woolf’s work. Drawing primarily on literary theory, intermedial studies, periodical studies and philosophy, this volume argues the essays which provided an original guided tour of London are creative and innovative works, combining several art forms while developing a photographic method. Further investigation examines the construct of Woolf’s essays as intermedial and as partaking both of theory and praxis; intermediality is closely connected here with her defense of a democratic ideal, itself grounded in a dialogue with her forebears. Far from being second-rate, the Good Housekeeping essays bring together aesthetic and political concerns and come out as playing a pivotal role: they redefine the essay as intermedial, signal Woolf’s turn to a more openly committed form of writing, and fit perfectly within Woolf’s essayistic and fictional oeuvre which they in turn illuminate.

Virginia Woolf the Intellectual and the Public Sphere

For other perceptions of the twists and turns in this essay, however, see Edward Bishop, “Metaphor and the Subversive Process ofVirginia Woolf's Essays,” Virginia Woolf (London, 1991), 67–78 and Good, The Observing Self, 116–17.

Author: Melba Cuddy-Keane

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113944087X

Category: Literary Criticism

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Virginia Woolf, the Intellectual, and the Public Sphere relates Woolf's literary reviews and essays to early twentieth-century debates about the value of 'highbrow' culture, the methods of instruction in universities and adult education, and the importance of an educated public for the realization of democratic goals. By focusing on Woolf's theories and practice of reading, Melba Cuddy-Keane refutes assumptions about Woolf's modernist elitism, revealing instead a writer who was pedagogically oriented, publicly engaged and committed to the ideal of classless intellectuals working together in reciprocal exchange. Woolf emerges as a stimulating theorist of the unconscious, of dialogic reading, of historicist criticism and of value judgments, while her theoretically informed but accessible prose challenges us to reflect on academic writing today. Combining a wealth of historical detail with a penetrating analysis of Woolf's essays, this 2003 study will alter our views of Woolf, of modernism and of intellectual work.

The Essay Film

While virtually every representational and artistic practice might be said to dramatize encounters between a self and ... subjection of that self within or before a natural space or, as with the essays of Charles Lamb, Virginia Woolf, ...

Author: Timothy Corrigan

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199781690

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 237

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Why have certain kinds of documentary and non-narrative films emerged as the most interesting, exciting, and provocative movies made in the last twenty years? Ranging from the films of Ross McElwee (Bright Leaves) and Agnes Varda (The Gleaners and I) to those of Abbas Kiarostami (Close Up) and Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir), such films have intrigued viewers who at the same time have struggled to categorize them. Sometimes described as personal documentaries or diary films, these eclectic works are, rather, best understood as cinematic variations on the essay. So argues Tim Corrigan in this stimulating and necessary new book. Since Michel de Montaigne, essays have been seen as a lively literary category, and yet--despite the work of pioneers like Chris Marker--seldom discussed as a cinematic tradition. The Essay Film, offering a thoughtful account of the long rapport between literature and film as well as novel interpretations and theoretical models, provides the ideas that will change this.

Selected Essays

Virginia Woolf David Bradshaw. must be pure—pure like water or pure like wine, but pure from dullness, deadness, and deposits of extraneous matter. (pp. 14‒15) Vague as all definitions are, a good essay must have this permanent quality ...

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199556069

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

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This selection brings together thirty of Woolf's best essays across a wide range of subjects including writing and reading, the role and reputation of women writers, the art of biography, and the London scene. They are enchanting in their own right, and indispensable to an understanding of this great writer.