Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader, Edition: First by Anne E. Fernald

By Anne E. Fernald

From her girlhood in her father's library to the tip of her lifestyles, Virginia Woolf learn generally and with ardour. Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader indicates how Virginia Woolf's interpreting affected her feminism and the way her feminism affected her evaluations of her examining. This new paintings appears to be like on the influence of that extreme interpreting on Woolf's writing and on her feminism. every one bankruptcy seems at a facet of her thinking--her angle in the direction of the English state, the mind's eye, the general public sphere, and fame--through the lens of a literary interval, from historic Greece in the course of the Romantics. The epilogue explores Woolf's remarkable legacy between modern African writers.

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Ramsay’s meditation, yet she makes that link, “ascending . . on to the summit,” and the idea of mountain climbing alludes to her own and Mr. ” It is both comic and fitting that a housewife praises poetry for gathering up the clutter of the day and sweeping the mind clean. Nevertheless, Mrs. Ramsay has an aesthetic experience that, in Woolf’s own terms, is granted to few. Of Aeschylus, Woolf writes, “To understand him it is not so necessary to understand Greek as to understand poetry. It is necessary to take that dangerous leap through the air without the support of words” (CR1, 30).

For her, Brot is not pain, nor is thanatos death. That languages “strive to exclude each other” supercedes any possible deep kinship between the original and the translation. 47 In the sentences immediately preceding her dismissal of a Victorian translator’s “wan,” she writes, Then there are the words themselves which, in so many instances, we have made expressive to us of our own emotions, ␪␣␭␣␴␴␣, ␪␣␯␣␶␱␵, SAPPHIC FRAGMENTS AS ENGLISH LITERATURE 37 ␣␯␪␱␧␵, ␣␴␶␩␳, ␴␧␭␩␥␩ [sea, death, flower, star, moon]—to take the first that come to hand; so clear, so hard, so intense, that to speak plainly yet fittingly without blurring the outline or clouding the depths, Greek is the only expression.

Beer’s 26 VIRGINIA WOOLF: FEMINISM AND THE READER continuing unconscious assumption that there is a connection between twentieth-century England and ancient Greece suggests that there is still reason to discuss Woolf’s relation to nationalism in the wake of Beer’s work. For Beer, Woolf desires to be connected to her fellow citizens while circumventing the trappings of nation. Thus, the momentary, accidental community of people trying to decipher skywriting in Mrs. Dalloway becomes a model of how “Virginia Woolf’s disaffection from the heavily bonded forms of English society often expresses itself paradoxically .

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