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Sentencing OrlandoVirginia Woolf and the Morphology of the Modernist Sentence$
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Elsa Högberg and Amy Bromley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414609

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414609.001.0001

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‘Something intricate and many-chambered’: Sexuality and the Embodied Sentence

‘Something intricate and many-chambered’: Sexuality and the Embodied Sentence

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(p.32) Chapter 2 ‘Something intricate and many-chambered’: Sexuality and the Embodied Sentence
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Sentencing Orlando
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Anna Frøsig

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414609.003.0003

In this chapter, Anna Frøsig addresses the Woolfian double entendre and the wildness underlying the supposedly plain style of Orlando. Engaging the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Frøsig reads the sentences constructing the novel’s simultaneously sexual and ethical spaces in terms of the female body. In Woolf’s hands, Frøsig suggests, literary form becomes ‘something intricate and many-chambered, which one must take a torch to explore, in prose not verse’ (O 124), and such exploration turns out to be at once intimate and bound up with an ethics of alterity.

Keywords:   alterity, embodiment, ethics, form, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, phenomenology, sexuality, space

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