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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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Literature and Survival: Jacob's Room and Mrs Dalloway

Literature and Survival: Jacob's Room and Mrs Dalloway

(p.67) Chapter 3 Literature and Survival: Jacob's Room and Mrs Dalloway
Virginia Woolf's Novels and the Literary Past

Jane de Gay

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses Woolf's revolutionary modernist texts and how these drew on literature as far back as the Greek classics and Shakespeare in order to engage with the vibrancy of these past works, showing that Woolf maintained a respect for the literary past and remained concerned about canonicity and tradition. It studies her criticisms of those who would adopt these classics and Shakespeare to support narrow patriarchal and patriotic ideologies. The chapter notes that Jacob's Room and Mrs Dalloway deal with the causes and consequences of the First World War.

Keywords:   revolutionary modernist texts, Greek classics, Shakespeare, canonicity, tradition, patriarchal ideologies, patriotic ideologies, First World War

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