The cryptographic nature of Virginia Woolf's writings about politics and history are addressed here. Linden Peach argues that Woolf is a sophisticated political thinker, engaged by the coded nature of social "reality" and interrogating the cryptic meanings within public discourse.
Virginia Woolf has emerged from recent scholarship as a less inward-looking and other-worldly writer than she was depicted for more than half a century. However, this is the first book to address the cryptographic nature of her writings about politics and history. Approaching each of her novels in turn through theoretical frameworks provided by Michel Foucault, Mikhail Bakhtin and contemporary social theorists, Linden Peach argues that Woolf is a more sophisticated political thinker than has been commonly recognised, interested in historiography, engaged by the coded nature of social 'reality' and interrogating the cryptic meanings within public discourse.
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About Linden Peach
LINDEN PEACH is Reader in English at Loughborough University. Apart from numerous articles on twentieth-century and particularly contemporary literature, he is the author of two recent critical studies: Toni Morrison (Macmillan, 1995) and Angela Carter (Macmillan, 1997).
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements.- Introduction .- Contexts.- Pent-up Voices: The Voyage Out (1915), Night and Day (1919) and 'Kew Gardens' (1919).- Pre-war England: Jacob's Room (1922).- 'National Conservatism' and 'Conservative Nationalism': Mrs Dalloway (1925).- Womanhood and Discourse: To the Lighthouse (1927).- History and Historiography: Orlando (1928) and The Waves (1931).- Private and Public Spaces: The Years (1937).- The Last Years: 'The Shooting Party' (1938) and Between the Acts (1941).- Conclusion.- Notes.- Index.
Virginia Woolf by Linden Peach
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