Virginia Woolf and War: Fiction, Reality, and Myth

TitleVirginia Woolf and War: Fiction, Reality, and Myth
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsHussey, Mark
Number of Pages273
PublisherSyracuse University Press

Virginia Woolf's feminist-pacifist essay "Three Guineas" has become a classic antiwar text. But Woolf's thinking on war began right at the start of her career, and this diverse collection of essays is the first book to explore how ideas about war and conflict informed Virginia Woolf's writing, from her early reviews to her posthumous work, Between the Acts. The essays, by twelve established Woolf scholars and new voices from the United States, Japan, and England, seek to show the roots of Woolf's sensitivity to violence and how she began from the start to connect the myths and the realities of war with the private violence of the patriarchal family. Dispelling the myth that Woolf was "apolitical," these essays bring to light her profound concern with the daily realities of statecraft, with the political and ethical implications of aesthetics, and with the effects of war on the homefront. The essays reveal new evidence of Woolf's collaboration with her husband, Leonard, on the "war for peace," and present new readings of her novels that convincingly identify Woolf as a major antiwar novelist. 

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