Subject Area: Woolf, Virginia

Aesthetic Construction of the Female Grotesque in Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf. A Study of the Interplay of Life and Literature
2011 0-7734-1565-3
Examines Mansfield and Woolf through a contextual analysis of the ideas presented by Julia Kristerva, Mary Russo, and Bakhtin. Rodríguez-Salas and Andrés-Cuevas develop the ideas of the female grotesque and metaphorical cannibalism to critique Edwardian society and the hypocrisy surrounding female identity. The authors pay significant attention to Mansfield and Woolf’s depictions of womanhood and maternity, and how they were influenced by external and cultural factors. This text examines a previously unrecognized strategy in Mansfield and Woolf's writings for the subversion of imperial and patriarchal power.

An Interpretive Reading of Virginia Woolf's the Waves- Narrative, Time and Self
1998 0-7734-8370-5
Virginia Woolf in THE WAVES questions binary thinking regarding gender identity severely because it is reductive and restrictive. The Waves presents a group of six friends whose reflections, which are closer to recitatives than to interior monologues proper, create a wave-like atmosphere that is more akin to a prose poem than to a plot-centered novel.

Early Works by Modern Women Writers: Woolf, Bowe, Mansfield, Cather, and Stein
2006 0-7734-5892-1
Modernism encompasses a range of technique, subject matter, and experimentation – some experiments successful, others near misses, but always worthy of attention. Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Mansfield, Willa Cather and Gertrude Stein represent five important points along that range. The purpose in starting with the first books by these authors establishes two arguments. First, these early works elucidate the later, more sophisticated work that follows. Second, the works from the beginning of each woman’s career enhance the understanding of modernism from the inside out; that is, close examination of five writing careers provides more insight into modernism than imposing a generic definition upon them. The purpose of this book is to demonstrate each of these writers has a coherent body of work rather than a successful series of works.

Schopenhauer, Women’s Literature and the Legacy of Pessimism in the Novels of George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf and Doris Lessing
2001 0-7734-7437-4
Eliot, Schreiner, Woolf, and Lessing are among the women writers of the British tradition whose work reveals a debt to Schopenhauer’s theory of the will and his aesthetic concepts.

Shifting Points of View in Virginia Woolf’s Novel - Mrs. Dalloway
2011 0-7734-1560-2
Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway should be read as a companion to the novel, as it helps clarify the shifting and often confusing points of view.

Theme of Peace and War in Virginia Woolf’s Writings. Essays in Her Political Philosophy
2010 0-7734-3857-2
This collection of essays examines how Virginia Woolf’s feminism, pacifism and understanding of war influenced her literary output on the topic.

Village in the Jungle by Leonard Woolf
2004 0-7734-6178-7
Sidelined by Leonard Woolf’s involvement in politics after he left the Civil Service, overshadowed by Virginia Woolf's continuous and brilliant achievement as a novelist, The Village in the Jungle (1913) fell from notice in Britain until, by the time its author died in 1969, it was almost forgotten. In Sri Lanka and southeast Asia, however, scholars recognize this classic novel as part of a distinguished literary line extending from Kipling through Conrad and Forster, to Paul Scott and Ruth Jhabvala. The value to scholarship of Professor Yasmine Gooneratne's edition is enhanced by perceptive comparisons, now made for the first time, of the novel's various editions with Woolf’s original manuscript. Highlighting substantial amendments made by the author prior to publication, she shows in detailed notes how they reflect his passion for accuracy, his wish to maintain objectivity while writing of another culture, and his humane sympathy for the people among whom he had worked for seven years as a civil servant in Sri Lanka. Errors and misprints in the first edition are corrected, local customs explained, Sinhala words glossed, the novel's themes related to the politics of colonialism, and the entire work brought within the ambit of the 21st century.

Virginia Woolf's Subject and the Subject of Ethics. Notes Toward a Poetics of Persons
1996 0-7734-8923-1
Examines Woolf's work as a contribution to philosophy, focusing on her contribution to ethics and expanding the discussion beyond her fiction to include specifically autobiographical writing. Its focus on social ethics combined with an interdisciplinary approach will appeal to scholars from a number of different perspectives. The social theory developed in Part One draws especially on the work of Jean Piaget. Approaching deconstruction via Piaget and Woolf, the volume makes a useful contribution to the postmodern discussion of the death of the subject and the reconstruction of virtue.

Virginia Woolf’s Experiment in Genre and Politics 1926-1931. Visioning and Versioning The Waves
2005 0-7734-6072-1
Justyna Kostkowska provides an in-depth study of the longest creative period in Virginia Woolf’s career, leading to the publication of The Waves. The study is a feminist consideration of the complex historical and personal factors, such as censorship and impersonality, that motivated Woolf’s experiment with genre and her portrayal of the feminine. Reading A Room of One’s Own, Orlando, the diary, essays, and letters of the period and the three holograph drafts of The Waves as a part of one creative process, Kostkowska traces Woolf’s method of subverting the patriarchal binaries of mind/body, nature/culture, and male/female through poetic metaphor.

Virginia Woolf’s Experiments with Consciousness, Time and Social Values
2001 0-7734-7421-8
There were many paradoxes Virginia Woolf had to resolve in her fiction writing: how to bring readers into close touch with life and yet keep them at a distance by means of the special life in fiction; how to follow the details of real life and yet symbolize meaning; how to write prose and yet discharge some of the functions of poetry. Consciousness was her way of contending with the paradoxes – consciousness by the characters of their unique selves, of the influence and interaction of other characters, a flow of inner consciousness. The consciousnesses are not abstract; they are always connected to a phenomenal world of action, environment, and time.