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Outsiders Together: Virginia and Leonard Woolf

Outsiders Together: Virginia and Leonard Woolf

by Natania Rosenfeld
     
 

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"Natania Rosenfeld has written an extraordinarily full, witty, politically responsible, and flexible account of the lives and writings of two people, emphasizing not only their separateness but also their extended dialogue with one another. In a sense, this is a ‘double' critical biography that is inflected with psychology and history. The book is also valuable for

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"Natania Rosenfeld has written an extraordinarily full, witty, politically responsible, and flexible account of the lives and writings of two people, emphasizing not only their separateness but also their extended dialogue with one another. In a sense, this is a ‘double' critical biography that is inflected with psychology and history. The book is also valuable for its range of reference, concentrating on Virginia Woolf's most famous books and supplementing the analysis with passages from diaries, letters, autobiographies, reviews, essays, lectures, and short stories. Ultimately, this contribution constitutes a compelling reassessment of Woolf's relation to her society." (Vicki Mahaffey, University of Pennsylvania)"Outsiders Together is the most comprehensive work to date-and the fairest, most informed-on the interconnections between husband and wife, fiction and ideologies. It is long overdue. Not only is the book a timely corrective to prejudicial and reductionist readings of the Woolfs' subtly and mutually fulfilling relationship, but it is also a recuperation of Leonard's contributions to political thought and modern literature, and of Virginia's own evolution as a cultural subversive. What is particularly admirable about this book is its massive network of interconnecting historical facts, modern and postmodern theory, and clever, keen literary insights." (Thomas C. Caramagno, University of Nebraska) "Outsiders Together is the most comprehensive work to date—and the fairest, most informed—on the interconnections between husband and wife, fiction and ideologies. It is long overdue." (Thomas C. Caramagno, University of Nebraska)

Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement - Bryan Cheyette
For all its theoretical knowingness, Outsiders Together is a rather old-fashioned celebration of a long, intimate heterosexual relationship. . . . The strength of Outsiders Together is that it moves beyond the working and emotional relationship of Leonard and Virginia to subtly address larger issues—such as Leonard's Jewishness and Virginia's politics—which have hitherto been treated rather crudely.
Virginia Woolf Miscellany - Jessica Berman
Rosenfeld's study is broad in scope, covering most of the lives of and the major works of both writers, while dwelling long enough on the writing to provide several illuminating cross-readings of texts. . . . Clearly and elegantly written, Outsiders Together makes a very persuasive case.
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"For all its theoretical knowingness, Outsiders Together is a rather old-fashioned celebration of a long, intimate heterosexual relationship. . . . The strength of Outsiders Together is that it moves beyond the working and emotional relationship of Leonard and Virginia to subtly address larger issues—such as Leonard's Jewishness and Virginia's politics—which have hitherto been treated rather crudely."—Bryan Cheyette,Times Literary Supplement

"Rosenfeld's study is broad in scope, covering most of the lives of and the major works of both writers, while dwelling long enough on the writing to provide several illuminating cross-readings of texts. . . . Clearly and elegantly written, Outsiders Together makes a very persuasive case."—Jessica Berman, Virginia Woolf Miscellany

Times Literary Supplement
For all its theoretical knowingness, Outsiders Together is a rather old-fashioned celebration of a long, intimate heterosexual relationship. . . . The strength of Outsiders Together is that it moves beyond the working and emotional relationship of Leonard and Virginia to subtly address larger issues—such as Leonard's Jewishness and Virginia's politics—which have hitherto been treated rather crudely.
— Bryan Cheyette
Virginia Woolf Miscellany
Rosenfeld's study is broad in scope, covering most of the lives of and the major works of both writers, while dwelling long enough on the writing to provide several illuminating cross-readings of texts. . . . Clearly and elegantly written, Outsiders Together makes a very persuasive case.
— Jessica Berman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691058849
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/17/2000
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Caramagno
Outsiders Together is the most comprehensive work to date—and the fairest, most informed—on the interconnections between husband and wife, fiction and ideologies. It is long overdue.
Thomas C. Caramagno, University of Nebraska
Vicki Mahaffey
Natania Rosenfeld has written an extraordinarily full, witty, politically responsible, and flexible account of the lives and writings of two people, emphasizing not only their separateness but also their extended dialogue with one another. In a sense, this is a 'double' critical biography that is inflected with psychology and history. The book is also valuable for its range of reference, concentrating on Virginia Woolf's most famous books and supplementing the analysis with passages from diaries, letters, autobiographies, reviews, essays, lectures, and short stories. Ultimately, this contribution constitutes a compelling reassessment of Woolf's relation to her society.
Vicki Mahaffey, University of Pennsylvania

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