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Virginia Woolf's Novels and the Literary Past

Jane de Gay


This book explores Virginia Woolf's preoccupation with the literary past and its profound impact on the content and structure of her novels. It analyses Woolf's reading and writing practices via her essays, diaries and reading notebooks, and presents chronological studies of eight of her novels, exploring how Woolf's intensive reading surfaced in her fiction. The book sheds light on Woolf's varied and intricate use of literary allusions; examines ways in which Woolf revisited and revised plots and tropes from earlier fiction; and looks at how she used parody as a means both of critical comment ... More

Keywords: Virginia Woolf, literary past, novels, literary allusions, parody, novelist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748623495
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623495.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane de Gay, author