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Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Language

Judith Allen

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Through close readings of Woolf's essays, including 'Montaigne', A Room of One's Own, 'Craftsmanship', Three Guineas and 'Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid', Allen shows how Woolf's politics are expressed and enacted in her writing. She then works from a wide range of sources to relate Woolf's views and methods to our current political situation. These sources range from Michel de Montaigne to the Dixie Chicks, from the Northcliffe Press newspaper empire of World War I to today's mainstream newspapers, Rupert Murdoch's empire, satirical news shows like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show and social media and the blogosphere.

Contents

Introduction: From Montaigne to New Media: Reading Virginia Woolf Today
Part I: 'Theorising' Reading, 'Theorising' Language
1. Those Soul Mates: Michel de Montaigne and Virginia Woolf
2. Changing Titles/Transforming Texts?
Part II: The Politics of Writing
3. The Rhetoric of Performance in A Room of One's Own
4. Interrogating 'Wildness'
Part III: Dialogue and Dissent
5. Thinking and Talking/War and Peace
6. 'Patriotism' and 'those prostituted fact-purveyors'
Conclusion. 'Thinking Against the Current'
Notes
Bibliography
Index.

About the Author

Judith Allen leads the Virginia Woolf Discussion Group at Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written on James Joyce, Michel de Montaigne, and Virginia Woolf, and has done editorial work and book reviews for Journal of Modern Literature, Woolf Studies Annual, and The Virginia Woolf Miscellany.