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Virginia Woolf and Classical Music: Politics, Aesthetics, Form

Emma Sutton


This groundbreaking study explores the formative influence of art music on Woolf’s writing, illustrating its importance to Woolf’s creative, social and domestic lives. Discussing all the novels as well as selected essays and short fiction, it offers detailed commentaries on Woolf’s numerous allusions to classical repertoire and to composers including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner. The chapters explore Woolf’s interest in the contested relationship between politics and music, placing her work in a matrix of ideas about music and national identity, class, anti-Semitism, pacifism, sexuality ... More

Keywords: Opera, Fugue, National identity, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Anti-Semitism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748637874
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Sutton, author
University of St Andrews