From Woman Reader to Woman Writer: <i>The Voyage Out</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:
From Woman Reader to Woman Writer: The Voyage Out

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This chapter takes a look at how The Voyage Out developed out of Woolf's reading experiences. One notable experience considered is her exploration of what it meant to read as a woman. The chapter describes The Voyage Out as a courtship novel that has some differences from other courtship narratives. It considers the novel to be about the silencing of female experience, especially the silence surrounding female sexuality. The chapter also shows that the novel was planned when Woolf experienced two close losses, and discusses Woolf's involvement with the literary past.

Keywords: reading experiences; courtship novel; Voyage Out; courtship narratives; female experience; silencing; female sexuality

Chapter.  11200 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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