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The Artist-Figure, Society, and Sexuality in Virginia Woolf's Novels : Studies in Major Literary Authors - Ann Ronchetti

The Artist-Figure, Society, and Sexuality in Virginia Woolf's Novels

Studies in Major Literary Authors

Hardcover Published: 21st August 2004
ISBN: 9780415970327
Number Of Pages: 232

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This book explores the relationship between aesthetic productivity and artists' degree of involvement in social and sexual life as depicted in Virginia Woolf's novels. Ann Ronchetti locates the sources of Woolf's lifelong preoccupation with the artist's relationship to society in her family heritage, her exposure to Walter Pater and the aesthetic movement, and the philosophical and aesthetic interests of the Bloomsbury group. Placing Woolf's characters between the opposed Western representations of the artist as ivory-tower recluse and of the artist immersed in life's sacred fount, Ronchetti traces an evolution from the retiring aesthetes of the earliest novels to the socially and sexually engaged artists of the later novels. At the same time, Woolf's artist-figures are increasingly outsiders, reflecting her growing preference for artistic anonymity and her evolving political consciousness, which privileges outsider status for what she believes to be its more objective view of society.

Abbreviationsp. ix
Permissionsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Voyage Outp. 17
Night and Dayp. 29
Jacob's Roomp. 41
Mrs. Dallowayp. 49
To the Lighthousep. 61
Orlandop. 81
The Wavesp. 91
The Yearsp. 107
Between the Actsp. 119
Conclusionp. 131
Notesp. 141
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780415970327
ISBN-10: 0415970326
Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 21st August 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1