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The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf By Jane Goldman (University of Dundee)

The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf

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Jane Goldman offers a revisionary, feminist reading of Woolf's work which focuses on her engagement with the artistic theories of her time. Lavishly illustrated with colour pictures, this book will appeal not only to scholars working on Woolf, but also to students of modernism, art history, and women's studies.

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The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf: Modernism, Post-Impressionism, and the Politics of the Visual by Jane Goldman (University of Dundee)

Jane Goldman offers a revisionary, feminist reading of Woolf's work. Focusing on Woolf's engagement with the artistic theories of her time, Goldman traces the feminist implication of her aesthetics by reclaiming for the everyday world of history and politics what seem to be private mystical moments. Goldman analyses Woolf's fascination with the Post-impressionist exhibition of 1920 and the solar eclipse of 1927 by linking her response to a much wider literary and cultural context. She argues that Woolf evolves a kind of 'feminist prismatics' through which she is able to express and develop both the challenge and pessimism of her feminist vision. Lavishly illustrated with colour pictures, this book will appeal not only to scholars working on Woolf, but also to students of modernism, art history, and women's studies.

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The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf Reviews


'In this innovative and important book, Jane Goldman argues that for Virginia Woolf, aesthetic concerns (with colour in particular) were inseparable from political and especially feminist concerns. Jane Goldman's book is essential reading not only for readers of Woolf, but also for those interested more generally in modernism and aesthetics.' Suzanne Raitt

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; Part I. Eclipse: 2. Virginia Woolf: heliotropics, subjectivity and feminism; 3. The astonishing moment; 4. The amusing game; 5. The gathering crowd; 6. The chasing of the sun and the victory of the colours; 7. Elegiacs: capsizing light and returning colour; 8. The death of the sun and the return of the fish; Part II. Prismatics: 9. Post-Impressionism: the explosion of colour; 10. Romantic to Classic: Post-Impressionist theories from 1910 to 1912; 11. The new prismatics: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and English Post-Impressionism; 12. 'Her pictures stand for something': Woolf's forewords to Bell's paintings; 13. To the Lighthouse: purple triangle and green shawl; 14. The Waves: purple buttons and white foam; 15. Conclusion; Notes; Index.

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The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf: Modernism, Post-Impressionism, and the Politics of the Visual by Jane Goldman (University of Dundee)
Jane Goldman (University of Dundee)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2001-01-04
264
0521794587
9780521794589
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