Reading Virginia Woolf

Reading Virginia Woolf

by Julia Briggs
     
 


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… See more details below

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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 ess

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748624355
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
08/22/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Introduction : 'such absences!'1
1Virginia Woolf reads Shakespeare : or, her silence on Master William8
2'The proper writing of lives' : biography versus fiction in Woolf's early work25
3Night and day : the marriage of dreams and realities42
4Reading people, reading texts : 'Byron and Mr. Briggs'63
5'Modernism's lost hope' : Virginia Woolf, Hope Mirrlees and the printing of Paris80
6The search for form (i) : Fry, formalism and fiction96
7The search for form (ii) : revision and the numbers of time113
8'This moment I stand on' : Virginia Woolf and the spaces in time125
9'Like a shell on a sandhill' : Woolf's images of emptiness141
10Constantinople : at the crossroads of the imagination152
11The conversation behind the conversation : speaking the unspeakable162
12'Sudden intensities' : frame and focus in Woolf's later short stories172
13'Almost ashamed of England being so English' : Woolf and ideas of Englishness190
14Between the texts : Woolf's acts of revision208

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