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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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The Rhetoric of Performance in A Room of One's Own

The Rhetoric of Performance in A Room of One's Own

(p.57) Chapter 3 The Rhetoric of Performance in A Room of One's Own
Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Language

Allen Judith

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter concentrates on the word ‘but’, which is used self-consciously in A Room of One's Own, as well as to establish the contradictory aspects of differing voices, to interrupt, to resist any final judgment or to hold a number of ideas in place while assessing their validity. It makes use of Brecht's theory of performance to study Woolf's narrative and rhetorical strategies, and also focuses on the functioning of punctuation and language.

Keywords:   but, differing voices, Brecht, narrative strategies, rhetorical strategies, punctuation, language

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