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Virginia Woolf's Novels and the Literary Past$
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Jane de Gay

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623495

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623495.001.0001

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From Woman Reader to Woman Writer: The Voyage Out

From Woman Reader to Woman Writer: The Voyage Out

(p.19) Chapter 1 From Woman Reader to Woman Writer: The Voyage Out
Virginia Woolf's Novels and the Literary Past

Jane de Gay

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter takes a look at how The Voyage Out developed out of Woolf's reading experiences. One notable experience considered is her exploration of what it meant to read as a woman. The chapter describes The Voyage Out as a courtship novel that has some differences from other courtship narratives. It considers the novel to be about the silencing of female experience, especially the silence surrounding female sexuality. The chapter also shows that the novel was planned when Woolf experienced two close losses, and discusses Woolf's involvement with the literary past.

Keywords:   reading experiences, courtship novel, Voyage Out, courtship narratives, female experience, silencing, female sexuality

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