Virginia Woolf and the Great War

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In Virginia Woolf and the Great War, Karen Levenback focuses on Woolf's war consciousness and how her sensitivity to representations of war in the popular press and authorized histories affected both the development of characters in her fiction, nonfictional and personal writings. As the seamless history of the prewar world had been replaced by the realities of modern war. Woolf herself understood there was no immunity from its ravages, even for civilians. Levenback's readings of Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse,...
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Overview

In Virginia Woolf and the Great War, Karen Levenback focuses on Woolf's war consciousness and how her sensitivity to representations of war in the popular press and authorized histories affected both the development of characters in her fiction, nonfictional and personal writings. As the seamless history of the prewar world had been replaced by the realities of modern war. Woolf herself understood there was no immunity from its ravages, even for civilians. Levenback's readings of Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and The Years, in particular - together with her understanding of civilian immunity, the operation of memory in the postwar period, and lexical resistance to accurate representations of war - are profoundly convincing in securing Woolf's position as a war novelist and thinker whose insights and writings anticipate our most current progressive theories on war's social effects and continuing presence.
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Levenback (George Washington U.) examines Woolf's war consciousness and looks at how her sensitivity to representations of war in the popular press and authorized histories affected the development of characters in her fiction, nonfiction, and personal writings. Levenback's readings of , , and are convincing in securing Woolf's position as a war novelist and thinker whose insights and writings anticipate current progressive theories on war social effects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815605461
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Myths of War, Illusions of Immunity, Realities of Survival 9
2 Life and Death, Memory and Denial in Postwar London 44
3 The Language of Memory as Time Passes 83
4 Remembering the War in the Years Between the Wars 114
Epilogue 154
App: Selected Biographical Notes 161
Works Cited 177
Index 197
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