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Virginia Woolf Lesbian Readings

by Eileen Barrett

Part of the The Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Literature Series Series

Virginia Woolf Lesbian Readings Synopsis

The last two decades have seen a resurgence of critical and popular attention to Virginia Woolf's life and work. Such traditional institutions as The New York Review of Books now pair her with William Shakespeare in promotional advertisements; her face is used to sell everything from Barnes & Noble books to Bass Ale. Virginia Woolf: Lesbian Readings represents the first book devoted to Woolf's lesbianism. Divided into two sections, Lesbian Intersections and Lesbian Readings of Woolf's Novels, these essays focus on how Woolf's private and public experience and knowledge of same-sex love influences her shorter fiction and novels. Lesbian Intersections includes personal narratives that trace the experience of reading Woolf through the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Lesbian Readings of Woolf's Novels provides lesbian interpretations of the individual novels, including Orlando, The Waves, and The Years. Breaking new ground in our understanding of the role Woolf's love for women plays in her major writing, these essays shift the emphasis of lesbian interpretations from Woolf's life to her work.

Virginia Woolf Lesbian Readings Press Reviews

Eileen Barrett and Patricia Cramer have put together an excellent collection of original articles which demonstrates the range of lesbian literary scholarship as a field and the important nuance and insight it is contributing to our knowledge of Woolf's life and writing in particular. -Woolf Studies Annual

Book Information

ISBN: 9780814712641
Publication date: 1st July 1997
Author: Eileen Barrett
Publisher: New York University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 306 pages
Categories: Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers,

About Eileen Barrett

Eileen Barrett is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at California State University, Hayward. Patricia Cramer is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut, Stamford.

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