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Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Language$
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Judith Allen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636754

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636754.001.0001

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Introduction From Michel de Montaigne to the New Media: Reading Virginia Woolf in the Twenty-First Century

Introduction From Michel de Montaigne to the New Media: Reading Virginia Woolf in the Twenty-First Century

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(p.1) Introduction From Michel de Montaigne to the New Media: Reading Virginia Woolf in the Twenty-First Century
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Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Language
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Allen Judith

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636754.003.0008

This introductory chapter discusses Virginia Woolf's interest in Michel de Montaigne's ‘essayistic’ mode, a form of expression that uses very nuanced and complicated rhetorical and narrative strategies, while at the same time inviting the active participation of the readers. It looks at the manipulation of language through a long political campaign and the failure of an important tool of democracy: an independent press. The chapter then recognises the importance of Woolf's writing to the increasingly complex problems about the reception of language.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Michel de Montaigne, essayistic mode, rhetorical strategies, narrative strategies, manipulation of language, independent press, reception of language

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