Virginia Woolf s Nose

This intriguing and witty collection of essays by an internationally acclaimed biographer looks at how biography deals with myths and legends, what goes missing and what can't be proved in the story of a life.

Author: Hermione Lee

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691188607

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 141

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What choices must a biographer make when stitching the pieces of a life into one coherent whole? How do we best create an accurate likeness of a private life from the few articles that linger after death? How do we choose what gets left out? This intriguing and witty collection of essays by an internationally acclaimed biographer looks at how biography deals with myths and legends, what goes missing and what can't be proved in the story of a life. Virginia Woolf's Nose presents a variety of case-studies, in which literary biographers are faced with gaps and absences, unprovable stories and ambiguities surrounding their subjects. By looking at stories about Percy Bysshe Shelley's shriveled, burnt heart found pressed between the pages of a book, Jane Austen's fainting spell, Samuel Pepys's lobsters, and the varied versions of Virginia Woolf's life and death, preeminent biographer Hermione Lee considers how biographers deal with and often utilize these missing body parts, myths, and contested data to "fill in the gaps" of a life story. In "Shelley's Heart and Pepys's Lobsters," an essay dealing with missing parts and biographical legends, Hermione Lee discusses one of the most complicated and emotionally charged examples of the contested use of biographical sources. "Jane Austen Faints" takes five competing versions of the same dramatic moment in the writer's life to ask how biography deals with the private lives of famous women. "Virginia Woolf's Nose" looks at the way this legendary author's life has been translated through successive transformations, from biography to fiction to film, and suggests there can be no such thing as a definitive version of a life. Finally, "How to End It All" analyzes the changing treatment of deathbed scenes in biography to show how biographical conventions have shifted, and asks why the narrators and readers of life-stories feel the need to give special meaning and emphasis to endings. Virginia Woolf's Nose sheds new light on the way biographers bring their subjects to life as physical beings, and offers captivating new insights into the drama of "life-writing". Virginia Woolf's Nose is a witty, eloquent, and funny text by a renowned biographer whose sensitivity to the art of telling a story about a human life is unparalleled--and in creating it, Lee articulates and redefines the parameters of her craft.

Virginia Woolf Icon

Virginia Woolf , you might think , would prove encouraging here , but no , and to understand why not , and why the plot fulfills ... a young woman student , attempting to erase the graffiti , erases instead Virginia Woolf's nose ( fig .

Author: Brenda R. Silver

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226757463

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 353

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The proliferation of Virginia Woolfs in both high and popular culture, she argues, has transformed the writer into a "star" whose image and authority are persistently claimed or challenged in debates about art, politics, gender, the canon, class, feminism, and fashion."--BOOK JACKET.

Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts

her nose, producing a lack that is very scary indeed. For here Virginia Woolf's nose, as Bennett and his audience would know, signifies more than class; it signifies as well a far more frightening power, the phallic power attributed to ...

Author: Maggie Humm

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748635535

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 512

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The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts is the most authoritative and up-to-date guide to Virginia Woolf's artistic influences and associations. In original, extensive and newly researched chapters by internationally recognised authors, the Companion explores Woolf's ideas about creativity and the nature of art in the context of the recent 'turn to the visual' in modernist studies with its focus on visual technologies and the significance of material production. The in-depth chapters place Woolf's work in relation to the most influential aesthetic theories and artistic practices, including Bloomsbury aesthetics, art and race, Vanessa Bell and painting, art galleries, theatre, music, dance, fashion, entertaining, garden and book design, broadcasting, film, and photography. No previous book concerned with Woolf and the arts has been so wide ranging or has paid such close attention to both public and domestic art forms.Illustrated with 16 olour as well as 39 black and white illustrations and with guides to further reading, the Companion will be an essential reference work for scholars, students and the general public.Key Features* An essential reference tool for all those working on or interested in Virginia Woolf, the arts, visual culture and modernist studies* Provides a new intellectual framework for the exciting discoveries of the past decades*Draws on archival and historical research into Virginia Woolf's manuscripts and her Bloomsbury milieu*Original chapters from expert contributors newly commissioned by Maggie Humm, widely known for her important work on Virginia Woolf and visual culture*Combines broad synthesis and original reflection setting Woolf's work in historical, cultural and artistic contexts

Virginia Woolf s Afterlives

Virginia Woolf Miscellany 93 (2018): 18–21. ———. Henry James in Contemporary Fiction: ... The Letters of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. Eds. Louise DeSalvo and Mitchell Leaska . ... Virginia Woolf's Nose: Essays on Biography.

Author: Monica Latham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000388473

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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This book explores Virginia Woolf’s afterlives in contemporary biographical novels and drama. It offers an extensive analysis of a wide array of literary productions in which Virginia Woolf appears as a fictional character or a dramatis persona. It examines how Woolf’s physical and psychological features, as well as the values she stood for, are magnified, reinforced or distorted to serve the authors’ specific agendas. Beyond general theoretical issues about this flourishing genre, this study raises specific questions about the literary and cultural relevance of Woolf’s fictional representations. These contemporary narratives inform us about Woolf’s iconicity, but they also mirror our current literary, cultural and political concerns. Based on a close examination of twenty-five works published between 1972 and 2019, the book surveys various portraits of Woolf as a feminist, pacifist, troubled genius, gifted innovative writer, treacherous, competitive sister and tragic, suicidal character, or, on the contrary, as a caricatural comic spirit, inspirational figure and perspicacious amateur sleuth. By resurrecting Virginia Woolf in contemporary biofiction, whether to enhance or debunk stereotypes about the historical figure, the authors studied here contribute to her continuous reinvention. Their diverse fictional portraits constitute a way to reinforce Woolf’s literary status, re-evaluate her work, rejuvenate critical interpretations and augment her cultural capital in the twenty-first century

Virginia Woolf

(2008), Writers' Houses and the Making of Memory, New York and London: Routledge. Humm, M. (2006), Snapshots of Bloomsbury, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Lee, H. (2005), Virginia Woolf's Nose: Essays on Biography, ...

Author: 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 Writing the World

As this scene opens, the viewer is greeted by the profile of Kim's face, the nose grossly exaggerated in order to increase comedic effect (“Kicking up a Stink” 19:37). This shot connects to the iconic image of a young Virginia Woolf, ...

Author: Pamela L. Caughie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780990895800

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 450

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This collection addresses such themes as the creation of worlds through literary writing, Woolf's reception as a world writer, world wars and the centenary of the First World War, and natural worlds in Woolf's writings. The selected papers represent the major themes of the conference as well as a diverse range of contributors from around the world and from different positions in and outside the university. The contents include familiar voices from past conferences--e.g., Judith Allen, Eleanor McNees, Elisa Kay Sparks--and well-known scholars who have contributed less frequently, if at all, to past Selected Papers--e.g., Susan Stanford Friedman, Steven Putzel, Michael Tratner--as well as new voices of younger scholars, students, and independent scholars. The volume is divided into four themed sections. The first and longest section, War and Peace, is framed by Mark Hussey's keynote roundtable, "War and Violence," and Maud Ellmann's keynote address, "Death in the Air: Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Townsend Warner in World War II. The second section, World Writer(s), includes papers that read the Woolfs in a global context. The papers in Animal and Natural Worlds bring recent developments in ecocriticism and post-humanist studies to analysis of Woolf's writing of human and nonhuman worlds. Finally, Writing and Worldmaking addresses various aspects of genre, style, and composition. Madelyn Detloff's closing essay, "The Precarity of 'Civilization' in Woolfs Creative Worldmaking," brings us back to international and cultural conflicts in our own day, reminding us, as Detloff says, why Woolf still matters today.

Palgrave Advances in Virginia Woolf Studies

Virginia Woolf. London: Chatto and Windus, 1996. ——. Virginia Woolf's Nose: Essays on Biography. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005. Lewis, Wyndham. Men Without Art. Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1987. Light, Alison.

Author: A. Snaith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230206045

Category: Social Science

Page: 305

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This book is an invaluable guide to the body of criticism on Virginia Woolf. It includes comprehensive and insightful chapters on different approaches to Woolf, including feminist, historicist, postcolonial and biographical. The essays provide concise summaries of the key works in the field as well as an engaging description of the approach itself.

Recycling Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Art and Literature

London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. ———. 'Serv[ing] Under Two Masters: Virginia Woolf's Afterlives in Contemporary Biofictions'. a/b: Auto-Biography Studies 27 (2012): 354–373. Lee, Hermione. Virginia Woolf's Nose: Essays on Biography.

Author: Monica Latham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000425543

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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Recycling Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Art and Literature exam>ines Woolf’s life and oeuvre from the perspective of recycling and pro>vides answers to essential questions such as: Why do artists and writers recycle Woolf’s texts and introduce them into new circuits of meaning? Why do they perpetuate her iconic fgure in literature, art and popular culture? What does this practice of recycling tell us about the endurance of her oeuvre on the current literary, artistic and cultural scene and what does it tell us about our current modes of production and consumption of art and literature? This volume offers theoretical defnitions of the concept of recycling applied to a multitude of specifc case studies. The reasons why Woolf’s work and authorial fgure lend themselves so well to the notion of recy>cling are manifold: frst, Woolf was a recycler herself and had a personal theory and practice of recycling; second, her work continues to be a prolifc compost that is used in various ways by contemporary writers and artists; fnally, since Woolf has left the original literary sphere to permeate popular culture, the limits of what has been recycled have ex>panded in unexpected ways. These essays explore today’s trends of fab>ricating new, original artefacts with Woolf’s work, which thus remains completely relevant to our contemporary needs and beliefs

Virginia Woolf and Heritage

The Sisters' Arts: The Writing and Painting of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. New York: Syracuse UP, 1988. Lee, Hermione. Virginia Woolf. London: Vintage, 1997. Lee, Hermione. Virginia Woolf's Nose. Princeton & Oxford: Princeton UP, ...

Author: Jane De Gay

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781942954422

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

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Virginia Woolf was deeply interested in the past—whether literary, intellectual, cultural, political or social—and her writings interrogate it repeatedly. She was also a great tourist and explorer of heritage sites in England and abroad. This book brings together an international team of world-class scholars to explore how Woolf engaged with heritage, how she understood and represented it, and how she has been represented by the heritage industry.

Virginia Woolf and the Aesthetics of Vision

The Novels of Virginia Woolf. London: Methuen, 1977. Lee, Hermione. Virginia Woolf. New York: Vintage, 1999. Lee, Hermione. Virginia Woolf's Nose. Essays on Biography. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton UP, 2005. Levin, David M. Modernity ...

Author: Claudia Olk

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110340235

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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The category of vision is significant for Modernist texts as well as for the unfolding discourse of Modernism itself. Within the general Modernist fascination with the artistic and experimental possibilities of vision and perception this study looks at Virginia Woolf’s novels and her critical writings and examines the relation between visuality and aesthetics. An aesthetics of vision, as this study argues, becomes a productive principle of narrative. The visual is not only pertinent to Woolf’s processes of composition, but her works create a kind of vision that is proper to the text itself – a vision that reflects on the experience of seeing and renegotiates the relation between the reader and the text. The study investigates key dimensions of aesthetic vision. It addresses vision in the context of theories of aesthetic experience and identifies a semantics of seeing. It analyses functions of symbolic materiality in the presentation of boundaries of perception, modes of temporality and poetic potentialities. In exploring the connections between vision and language, it seeks to provide new perspectives for a reassessment of what occurs in Modernism's relation to vision.

Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory

'Review: Virginia Woolf's Nose: Essays on Biography by Hermoine Lee; Bombay to Bloomsbury: A Biography of the Strachey Family by Barbara Caine', Woolf Studies Annual 13 (2007): 225–9. Doyle, Laura.

Author: Derek Ryan

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748676446

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Explores Woolf's writing alongside Deleuzian philosophy and new materialist theories of 'sex', 'animal', and 'life'' How does Virginia Woolf conceptualise the material world? In what ways has Woolf's modernism affected understandings of materiality, and what new perspectives does she offer contemporary theoretical debates? Derek Ryan demonstrates how materiality is theorised in Woolf's writings by focusing on the connections she makes between culture and nature, embodiment and environment, human and nonhuman, life and matter. Through close readings of texts including To the Lighthouse, Orlando, A Room of One's Own, The Waves, Flush, he details the insights Woolf provides into issues concerning the natural world, sexual difference, sexuality, animality, and life itself. Ryan opens up Woolf studies to new theoretical paradigms by placing Woolf in dialogue with Gilles Deleuze - who cites her modernist aesthetics as exemplary of some of his most important philosophical concepts - as well as eminent contemporary theorists including Rosi Braidotti, Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, and Jane Bennett, all of whom have influenced the recent critical turn towards new materialisms. Locating theory within Woolf's writing as well as locating Woolf within theory, Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory: Sex, Animal, Life brings her modernism firmly into to the foreground of current debates in literary studies, feminist philosophy, queer theory, animal studies and posthumanities.

A Companion to Virginia Woolf

John Carey claimed that “what the 'vast mass' felt or thought was not of much concern to Virginia Woolf” (1992: 178). 2 See Silver's discussion of codings and cultural meanings ascribed to Virginia Woolf's nose, and ways criticisms of ...

Author: Jessica Berman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118457887

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 516

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A Companion to Virginia Woolf is a thorough examination of her life, work, and multiple contexts in 33 essays written by leading scholars in the field. Contains insightful and provocative new scholarship and sketches out new directions for future research Approaches Woolf’s writing from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, including modernism, post-colonialism, queer theory, animal studies, digital humanities, and the law Explores the multiple trajectories Woolf’s work travels around the world, from the Bloomsbury Group, and the Hogarth Press to India and Latin America Situates Woolf studies at the vanguard of contemporary literature scholarship and the new modernist studies

The Short Stories of Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf. finger on the nose, a buzz that ran through the cluster of jewellers in Hatton Garden on a hot afternoonoh, many years ago now! But still Oliver felt it purring down his spine, the nudge, the murmur that meant, ...

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781473363045

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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A collection of the very best short stories that Virginia Woolf had written and reworked throughout her life, including some posthumously published by her widower Leonard Woolf.

Edith Wharton

From Hermione Lee, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning biographer of Virginia Woolf and Willa Cather, comes a superb reexamination of one of the most famous American women of letters.Delving into heretofore untapped sources, Lee ...

Author: Hermione Lee

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307555854

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 912

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From Hermione Lee, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning biographer of Virginia Woolf and Willa Cather, comes a superb reexamination of one of the most famous American women of letters.Delving into heretofore untapped sources, Lee does away with the image of the snobbish bluestocking and gives us a new Edith Wharton-tough, startlingly modern, as brilliant and complex as her fiction. Born into a wealthy family, Wharton left America as an adult and eventually chose to create a life in France. Her renowned novels and stories have become classics of American literature, but as Lee shows, Wharton's own life, filled with success and scandal, was as intriguing as those of her heroines. Bridging two centuries and two very different sensibilities, Wharton here comes to life in the skillful hands of one of the great literary biographers of our time.

The Collected Short Stories of Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf. She kept watching his nose twitch; and then she had to explain, when he caught her looking at him, why she laughed. “It's because you're like a rabbit, Ernest,” she said. “Like a wild rabbit,” she added, looking at him.

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 9788074845123

Category: Fiction

Page: 360

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This carefully crafted ebook: "The Collected Short Stories of Virginia Woolf" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. This is a edition that includes short stories of Virginia Woolf (1882-1941). Virginia Woolf is one of the most famous English writers who was a novelist, diarist, letter writer, polemicist and critic as well as a short story teller. Content: Kew Gardens Monday or Tuesday A Haunted House and Other Short Stories Mrs Dalloway's Party The Complete Shorter Fiction "Carlyle's House and Other Sketches"

Delphi Complete Works of Virginia Woolf Illustrated

Virginia Woolf. diminutive and timid in this spruce, muscular young man with the straight nose, the blue eyes, and the very firm mouth. But that made it all the more amusing. His nose twitched very slightly when he ate.

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 9781908909190

Category: Fiction

Page: 3491

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Virginia Woolf was one of the foremost authors of the twentieth century, whose ground-breaking novels and essays had a profound impact on modernist literature. For the first time in publishing history, Delphi Classics is proud to present Woolf’s complete works in a single edition. The comprehensive eBook is complemented with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 9) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Woolf’s life and works * Concise introductions to the novels and other texts * ALL 10 novels, with individual contents tables * Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories and essays * The rare play penned by Woolf, appearing in no other collection * Easily locate the essays or short stories you want to read * Includes Woolf’s memoirs and diary - spend hours exploring the author’s literary life * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres * UPDATED with completely revised texts, more images and rare essays Please visit to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Novels THE VOYAGE OUT NIGHT AND DAY JACOB’S ROOM MRS. DALLOWAY TO THE LIGHTHOUSE ORLANDO THE WAVES FLUSH THE YEARS BETWEEN THE ACTS The Short Stories LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Play FRESHWATER The Non-Fiction THE COMMON READER: FIRST SERIES THE COMMON READER: SECOND SERIES A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN LONDON ESSAYS WALTER SICKERT: A CONVERSATION THREE GUINEAS THE DEATH OF THE MOTH AND OTHER ESSAYS THE MOMENT AND OTHER ESSAYS ROGER FRY: A BIOGRAPHY ON BEING ILL THE CAPTAIN’S DEATH BED AND OTHER ESSAYS GRANITE AND RAINBOW BOOKS AND PORTRAITS WOMEN AND WRITING UNCOLLECTED ESSAYS The Essays LIST OF ESSAYS AND REVIEWS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF ESSAYS AND REVIEWS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Memoirs MOMENTS OF BEING WRITER’S DIARY Please visit to browse through our range of exciting titles

Biography A Very Short Introduction

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

Author: Hermione Lee

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191623011

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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Biography is one of the most popular, best-selling, and widely-read of literary genres. But why do certain people and historical events arouse so much interest? How can biographies be compared with history and works of fiction? Does a biography need to be true? Is it acceptable to omit or conceal things? Does the biographer need to personally know the subject? Must a biographer be subjective? In this Very Short Introduction Hermione Lee considers the cultural and historical background of different types of biographies, looking at the factors that affect biographers and whether there are different strategies, ethics, and principles required for writing about one person compared to another. She also considers contemporary biographical publications and considers what kind of 'lives' are the most popular and in demand. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Reading Virginia Woolf

Both his racial identity, and his character are evident from his physical appearance: [H]is nose, which was long and flexible, like an elephant's ... (CSF, 249) The Jeweller's nose is only the most obvious of a 178 Reading Virginia Woolf.

Author: Julia Briggs

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748626953

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The pleasure and excitement of exploring Virginia Woolf's writings is at the heart of this book by a highly respected Woolf critic and biographer. Julia Briggs reconsiders Woolf's work--from some of her earliest fictional experiments to her late short story, 'The Symbol', and from the most to the least familiar of her novels--from a series of highly imaginative and unexpected angles. Individual essays analyse Woolf's neglected second novel, Night and Day and investigate her links with other writers (Byron, Shakespeare), her ambivalent attitudes to 'Englishness' and to censorship, her fascination with transitional places and moments, with the flow of time (and its relative nature), her concern with visions and revision and with printing and the writing process as a whole. We watch Woolf as she typesets an extraordinarily complex high modernist poem (Hope Mirrlees's 'Paris'), and as she revises her novels so that their structures become formally - and even numerologically - significant. A final essay examines the differences between Woolf's texts as they were first published in England and America, and the further changes she occasionally made after publication, changes that her editors have been slow to acknowledge. Julia Briggs brings to these discussions an extensive knowledge of Woolf both as a scholar and as an editor. She records her findings and observations in a lively, graceful and approachable style that will entice readers to delve further and more meaningfully into Woolf's work

Novels of Virginia Woolf

On their way to the park they meet a woman selling violets : She wore a hat over her face ... she had no nose ; her face was seamed with white patches ; there were red rims for nostrils . She had no nose - she had pulled her hat down to ...

Author: Randhir Pratap Singh

Publisher: Sarup & Sons

ISBN: 8176255726


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Stitching the Self

See Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf's Nose: Essays on Biography (Princeton and London: Princeton University Press, 2005), 37–62; and Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf (London: Chatto & Windus, 1996). 3 Carrington, directed by Christopher ...

Author: Johanna Amos

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350070400

Category: Design

Page: 248

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The needle arts are traditionally associated with the decorative, domestic, and feminine. Stitching the Self sets out to expand this narrow view, demonstrating how needlework has emerged as an art form through which both objects and identities – social, political, and often non-conformist – are crafted. Bringing together the work of ten art and craft historians, this illustrated collection focuses on the interplay between craft and artistry, amateurism and professionalism, and re-evaluates ideas of gendered production between 1850 and the present. From quilting in settler Canada to the embroidery of suffragist banners and the needlework of the Bloomsbury Group, it reveals how needlework is a transformative process – one which is used to express political ideas, forge professional relationships, and document shifting identities. With a range of methodological approaches, including object-based, feminist, and historical analyses, Stitching the Self examines individual and communal involvement in a range of textile practices. Exploring how stitching shapes both self and world, the book recognizes the needle as a powerful tool in the fight for self-expression.