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Virginia Woolf, Peace and Europe Volume 2: Aesthetics and Theory

Adkins, Peter and Ryan, Derek, eds. (2020) Virginia Woolf, Peace and Europe Volume 2: Aesthetics and Theory. Virginia Woolf Selected Papers . Clemson University Press, Clemson, South Carolina, 256 pp. ISBN 978-1-949979-37-4. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:76272)

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Abstract

From the “prying,” “insidious” “fingers of the European War” that Septimus Warren Smith would never be free of in Mrs Dalloway to the call to “think peace into existence” during the Blitz in “Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid,” questions of war and peace pervade the writings of Virginia Woolf. This volume asks how Woolf conceptualised peace by exploring the various experimental forms she created in response to war and violence. Comprised of fifteen chapters by an international array of leading and emerging scholars, this book both draws out theoretical dimensions of Woolf’s modernist aesthetic and draws on various critical frameworks for reading her work, in order to deepen our understanding of her writing about the politics of war, ethics, feminism, class, animality, and European culture.

The chapters collected here look at how we might re-read Woolf and her contemporaries in the light of new theoretical and aesthetical innovations, such as peace studies, post-critique, queer theory, and animal studies. It also asks how we might historicise these frameworks through Woolf’s own engagement with the First and Second World Wars, while also bringing her writings on peace into dialogue with those of others in the Bloomsbury Group. In doing so, this volume reassesses the role of Europe and peace in Woolf’s work and opens up new ways of reading her oeuvre.

Item Type: Edited book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Peter Adkins
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 07:29 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2021 11:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/76272 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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