Desiring Women: The Partnership of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

Desiring Women: The Partnership of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West

by Karyn Z. Sproles
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802094023

ISBN-13: 9780802094025

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

On 23 September 1925, Virginia Woolf wrote to Vita Sackville-West: 'if you'll make me up, I'll make you.' In Desiring Women, Karyn Sproles argues that the two writers in fact 'made' each other. Woolf and Sackville-West produced some of the most vibrant and acclaimed work of their respective careers during their passionate affair, and Sproles demonstrates

Overview

On 23 September 1925, Virginia Woolf wrote to Vita Sackville-West: 'if you'll make me up, I'll make you.' In Desiring Women, Karyn Sproles argues that the two writers in fact 'made' each other. Woolf and Sackville-West produced some of the most vibrant and acclaimed work of their respective careers during their passionate affair, and Sproles demonstrates how this body of work was a collaborative project - a partnership - in which they promised to reinvent one another.

Sproles argues that in all they wrote during their affair - essays, criticism, novels, poems, biographies, and personal etters - Woolf and Sackville-West struggled to represent their desire for one another and to resist the social pressures that would deny their passion. At the centre of this literary conversation is Orlando, Woolf's biography of Sackville-West. Sproles restores Orlando to the context of Woolf and Sackville-West's discussion of gender and sexuality and demonstrates its importance in Woolf's oeuvre. Sexy and provocative, Desiring Women re-imagines Woolf and Sackville-West as daring, funny, beautiful, and bent on resisting the repression of women's desires.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802094025
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

  1. Desiring Women
  2. Forbidden Knowledge: Vita Sackville-West’s Secret Fruit
  3. Making Use of the Fruit: Vita Sackville-West’s Influence on Virginia Woolf
  4. Orlando: A Biography of Desire
  5. Genre Instability and Orlando: Biography as a Feminist Practice
  6. Making up Women: Revolutions in Biography
  7. Love Letters and Feminine Sexuality
  8. Subverted Subjects

Appendix A: A Chronology of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West’s Relationship

Appendix B: A Chronology of Virginia Woolf’s and Vita Sackville-West’s Publications, 1922–9

Appendix C: A Selected Chronological Bibliography of Virginia Woolf and Sexuality, 1972–99

Notes

Works Cited

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