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Virginia Woolf and the Visible World


  • 1 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 232 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.346 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521033602)

In Virginia Woolf and the Visible World, Emily Dalgarno examines Woolf's engagement with notions of the subject and codes of the visible. Dalgarno examines how Woolf's writing engages with visible and non-visible realms of experience, and draws on ideas from the diverse fields of psychoanalytic theory, classical Greek tragedy, astronomy, photography and photojournalism. The solar eclipse of 1927 marks a dividing line in Woolf's career, after which she portrayed the visible world in terms of light, and shifted her interest from painting to photography. Dalgarno offers textual analyses of Woolf's individual works, including To the Lighthouse, The Waves and Three Guineas, arguing for the importance of her ongoing interest in Greek translation. In later chapters, she explores the theory of the subject that emerges from Woolf's representation of the visible in her autobiography.

• Virginia Woolf's engagement with the visual arts is a very lively topic • The book revises conventional interpretations in light of Woolf's notes and drafts • The book treats theoretical problems in a language free of jargon


Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. The hiding places of my power: Woolf's optics; 2. On the far side of language: Greek studies, and Jacob's Room; 3. No God of healing in this story: Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse; 4. Solar light and darkness: The Waves; 5. The person to whom things happened: 'A Sketch of the Past'; 6. Ruined houses and dead bodies: Three Guineas and the Spanish Civil War; Notes; Bibliography; Index.


'A challenging and thought-provoking book.' Virginia Woolf Bulletin

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