Reflecting the modernist fascination with science, Virginia Woolf's representations of nature are informed by a wide-ranging interest in contemporary developments in the life sciences. Christina Alt analyses Woolf's responses to disciplines ranging from taxonomy and the new biology of the laboratory to ethology and ecology and illustrates how Woolf drew on the methods and objectives of the contemporary life sciences to describe her own literary experiments. Through the examination of Woolf's engagement with shifting approaches to the study of nature, this work covers new ground in Woolf studies and makes an important contribution to the understanding of modernist exchanges between literature and science.
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About the Author
Christina Alt is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. She has contributed to numerous collections on the work of Virginia Woolf.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The natural history tradition; 2. The modern life sciences; 3. 'To pin through the body with a name': Virginia Woolf and the taxonomic tradition; 4. Laboratory coats and field glasses: Virginia Woolf and the modern study of nature; 5. Representing 'the manner of our seeing': literary experimentation and scientific analogy; Bibliography; Notes.