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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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Bibliographic Parturition in Orlando: Books, Babies, Freedom and Fame

Bibliographic Parturition in Orlando: Books, Babies, Freedom and Fame

(p.116) Chapter 9 Bibliographic Parturition in Orlando: Books, Babies, Freedom and Fame
Sentencing Orlando

Alice Staveley

Edinburgh University Press

In this chapter’s account of Woolf’s labour as a writer and publisher at the Hogarth Press, Alice Staveley connects the labour of mothers and writers, and the delivery of babies and books. Reading the converging deliveries of Orlando’s poem ‘The Oak Tree’, her son, and the manuscript of Orlando, Staveley analyses Woolf’s invocation of her own 1919 short story ‘Kew Gardens’ in the novel’s final pages. Sounding the resonances of this story’s published forms, particularly the limited luxury edition issued in 1927, Staveley argues that the Kew Gardens scene turns the ‘narratological modernist motif of closure-as-return into a materialist tribute’.

Keywords:   bibliography, book history, childbirth, Hogarth Press, materialism, publishing

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