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The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and Contemporary Global Literature$
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Jeanne Dubino, Paulina Pajak, Catherine W. Hollis, Celiese Lypka, and Vara Neverow

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474448475

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474448475.001.0001

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Introduction: Planetary Woolf

Introduction: Planetary Woolf

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(p.1) Introduction: Planetary Woolf
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(p.iii) The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and Contemporary Global Literature
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Paulina Pająk

Jeanne Dubino

Catherine W. Hollis

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474448475.003.0001

WE WRITE THIS INTRODUCTION IN A time of global crisis, as the Covid-19 pandemic has closed regional and national borders. Almost simultaneously, the Black Lives Matter movement has ignited global protests against racist police brutality. Although the pandemic has separated people physically from one another, while placing the health of first responders and essential workers at risk, the demand for social justice has drawn many people into the streets. From anti-government protests in Hong Kong to the thousands of global demonstrations in support of BLM, the demand for social justice crosses borders and creates activist communities even in the midst of unprecedented global crises. New technologies allow us to create digital communities and new forms of sociability, even in the wake of the many cancelled or postponed in-person events. In difficult times we, as scholars and common readers of Virginia Woolf, turn to her writing to help us make sense of the complexities of the present moment, particularly as we negotiate the relationships between politics and art and between sociability and solitude in our daily lives....

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