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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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Sir Thomas Browne and the Reading of Remains in Orlando

Sir Thomas Browne and the Reading of Remains in Orlando

(p.175) Chapter 14 Sir Thomas Browne and the Reading of Remains in Orlando
Sentencing Orlando

Benjamin D. Hagen

Edinburgh University Press

In this chapter, Benjamin Hagen explores the ways in which Woolf encourages and teaches us to become ‘more agile, creative and discerning readers’. Examining a sentence that is also a scene of reading, Hagen addresses some persistent ethical and political questions triggered by Woolf’s notion of ‘a reader’s part’ (O 52). He takes on the sentence’s challenge to confront issues of colonial violence as it relates to practices of reading and writing, and turns particular focus on the role of Sir Thomas Browne in Orlando, whose presence provides a key to Woolf’s fascination with ruins and remains.

Keywords:   ancestry, colonialism, ethics, intertextuality, reading, ruins, Sir Thomas Browne

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