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Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

James Acheson


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This collection of original essays on Virginia Woolf by leading scholars in the field opens up new debates on the work of one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.  

The collection also looks at some of Woolf's own essays, discussing her theory of fiction and devotion to 'stream of consciousness' writing.  Its thirteen contributors place this discussion of Woolf's artistic theory and practice within the context of her association with the Bloomsbury Group and her interest in spirituality, feminism, homosexuality, pacifism and psychoanalysis.

James Acheson presents a vibrant collection of brand new essays on Virginia Woolf's 'Mrs Dalloway' and 'To the Lighthouse'. A team of leading scholars provide stimulating re-assessments and fresh critical perspectives on these two major works of British fiction.

‘This book’s carefully contextualised, theoretically informed essays provide authoritative introductions to Virginia Woolf’s modernist aesthetics. With a wide range of topics covered, each chapter ensures that students will gain an enhanced understanding of two of the most innovative and important novels of the twentieth century.’ – Derek Ryan, University of Kent, UK

James Acheson is former Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His previous publications include a volume on John Fowles in the New Casebooks series.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Contents v
Series Editor’s Preface vii
Notes on Contributors viii
Acknowledgements x
List of Abbreviations xi
Introduction 1
1 Mind-wandering and Mindfulness: A Cognitive Approach to Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse 16
2 Spirituality in Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse 32
3 Victorian Roots: The Sense of the Past in Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse 46
4 Modernism and Bloomsbury Aesthetics 60
5 ‘Women Can’t Write, Women Can’t Paint’: Art and the Artist in To the Lighthouse 74
6 On the Death of the Soul: a Jungian Reading of Mrs. Dalloway 89
7 On Not Being Able to Paint: To the Lighthouse via Psychoanalysis 106
8 Mrs. Dalloway and the War that Wouldn’t End 125
9 Mrs. Dalloway and the Reinvention of the Novel 139
10 Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse: The Novel as Elegy 152
11 ‘What is a woman? I assure you, I do not know’: Woolf and Feminism in the 1920s 165
12 The Warp and the Weft: Homoeroticism in Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse 180
13 The Cambridge Woolf 195
Further Reading 209
Index 212