Literature and Survival: <i>Jacob's Room</i> and <i>Mrs Dalloway</i>

Jane de Gay

in Virginia Woolf's Novels and the Literary Past

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623495
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651849 | DOI:
Literature and Survival: Jacob's Room and Mrs Dalloway

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This chapter discusses Woolf's revolutionary modernist texts and how these drew on literature as far back as the Greek classics and Shakespeare in order to engage with the vibrancy of these past works, showing that Woolf maintained a respect for the literary past and remained concerned about canonicity and tradition. It studies her criticisms of those who would adopt these classics and Shakespeare to support narrow patriarchal and patriotic ideologies. The chapter notes that Jacob's Room and Mrs Dalloway deal with the causes and consequences of the First World War.

Keywords: revolutionary modernist texts; Greek classics; Shakespeare; canonicity; tradition; patriarchal ideologies; patriotic ideologies; First World War

Chapter.  13101 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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