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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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The Negress and the Bishop: On Marriage, Colonialism and the Problem of Knowledge

The Negress and the Bishop: On Marriage, Colonialism and the Problem of Knowledge

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(p.186) Chapter 15 The Negress and the Bishop: On Marriage, Colonialism and the Problem of Knowledge
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Sentencing Orlando
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Randi Koppen

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414609.003.0016

Calling on thinkers as diverse as Sigmund Freud, George ‘Bishop’ Berkeley and G. E. Moore, Randi Koppen identifies, in this chapter, a Woolfian reading practice that is alert to dense textual allusion. Her chosen sentence prompts examination of the ‘freakish and unequal’ aspects of Orlando and, more specifically, the ‘unequal juxtaposition’ of ‘biscuits and philosophy, Bishop and negress’, in Chapter V. Koppen discusses the manifold allusions encompassed in this sentence – including its dialogue with Woolf’s first novel, The Voyage Out (1915) – and throws into relief its ‘questions of marriage, of language and what we have in common, but also of the colonial origins of modernist aesthetics and life-styles’.

Keywords:   colonialism, G. E. Moore, George Berkeley, intertextuality, marriage, modernism, philosophy, race, reading, Sigmund Freud

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