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Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Worldly Realism

Pam Morris


The book presents Austen and Woolf as materialists - a wholly new critical and political perspective. In conscious opposition to the growing dominance of idealist ideology in their own times, they assert an egalitarian, constitutive continuity between people, things, and the physical universe. This radical redistribution of the importance of things and the biological challenges the idealist hierarchy of mind over matter that underpins gender, sexuality, class and race subordination. Equally, it radically reconfigures notions of interiority and human exceptionalism. This materialist underst ... More

Keywords: materialist, idealist, interiority, human exceptionalism, focalisation, Enlightenment, vision, facts, belief systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474419130
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pam Morris, author