Female Embodiment and Subjectivity in the Modernist Novel: The Corporeum of Virginia Woolf and Olive Moore

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This study considers the work of two experimental British women modernists writing in the tumultuous interwar period—Virginia Woolf and Olive Moore—by examining four crucial incarnations of female embodiment and subjectivity: female bodies, geographical imagery, national ideology and textual experimentation. Dickinson proposes that the ways Mrs. Dalloway, and The Waves by Virginia Woolf and Spleen and Fugue by Olive Moore reflect, expose and criticize physical, geographical and national bodies in the narrative ...

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Female Embodiment and Subjectivity in the Modernist Novel: The Corporeum of Virginia Woolf and Olive Moore

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This study considers the work of two experimental British women modernists writing in the tumultuous interwar period—Virginia Woolf and Olive Moore—by examining four crucial incarnations of female embodiment and subjectivity: female bodies, geographical imagery, national ideology and textual experimentation. Dickinson proposes that the ways Mrs. Dalloway, and The Waves by Virginia Woolf and Spleen and Fugue by Olive Moore reflect, expose and criticize physical, geographical and national bodies in the narrative and form of their texts reveal the authors’ attempts to try on new forms and experiment with new possibilities of female embodiment and subjectivity.

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Renee Dickinson is an Assistant Professor at Radford University.

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Introduction: Articulating the Corporeum: Formulating the Feminine and Illuminating the Images of Physical, Geographical, National, and Textual Embodiment 1 The Shape of Modernism: Female Embodiment and Textual Experimentation in Mrs. Dalloway 2 Exposure and Development: Re-imagining Narrative and Nation in the Interludes of Virginia Woolf's The Waves 3 Modernist Con(tra)ceptions: Re-conceiving Body and Text in Olive Moore's Spleen 4 Flight of the Feminine and Textual Orientation in Olive Moore's Fugue Epilogue: Feminine Form and Textual Reform

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