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Woolf: A Guide for the Perplexed Kathryn Simpson

Woolf: A Guide for the Perplexed

Kathryn Simpson

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ISBN : 9781441191229
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192 pages
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Virginia Woolf is one of the best-known and most influential modernist writers- an iconic figure, her image and reference to her work and life appear in the most varied of cultural sites. Her writing is, however, in many ways kaleidoscopic and hasMoreVirginia Woolf is one of the best-known and most influential modernist writers- an iconic figure, her image and reference to her work and life appear in the most varied of cultural sites. Her writing is, however, in many ways kaleidoscopic and has given rise to a diverse and, sometimes, conflicting body of critical work. Whilst Woolf envisaged that her readers could be fellow-worker[s] in the creative process, there is much to perplex any reader approaching her writing, especially for the first time.Drawing on some of the main critical debates and on Woolfs non-fictional writings, this guide untangles some of the difficulties and perplexities that can prove a barrier to understanding of Woolfs writing. These include aspects of the process of writing (such as narrative techniques, formal structures, characterisation), as well as the thematic concerns so central to Woolfs writing, the cultural context in which it emerged and to recent criticism, including representations of gender and sexuality, class and race.