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Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory
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Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory: Sex, Animal, Life

Derek Ryan


How does Virginia Woolf conceptualise the material world? In what ways has Woolf’s modernism affected understandings of materiality, and what new perspectives does she offer contemporary theoretical debates? Derek Ryan demonstrates how materiality is theorised in Woolf’s writings by focusing on the connections she makes between culture and nature, embodiment and environment, human and nonhuman, life and matter. Through close readings of texts including To the Lighthouse, Orlando, A Room of One’s Own, The Waves, and Flush, he details the fresh insights Woolf provides into issues concerning the ... More

Keywords: Virginia Woolf, theory, materiality, nature, sexual difference, sexuality, animals, life, posthumanism, Gilles Deleuze, nonhuman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748676439
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Ryan, author
University of Exeter