Schopenhauer, Women’s Literature and the Legacy of Pessimism in the Novels of George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf and Doris Lessing

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.

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
Preface; Introduction
1. Part One: George Eliot’s Middlemarch – A Schopenhauerian Shadowplay. Part Two: George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda – A Study in Schopenhauerian Morality
2. “A Striving and a Striving”: Schopenhauerian Pessimism in Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm and From Man to Man
3. Virginia Woolf, Bloomsbury Aesthetics, and Schopenhauer
4. Part One: Doris Lessing’s Children of Violence – The Schopenhauerian Education of Martha Quest. Part Two: Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child – The Will Personified
Conclusion; Bibliography; Index