Julia Briggs

in Reading Virginia Woolf

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624348
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651856 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of absences, which is the theme of most modernist writing, and Virginia Woolf, who recognised that absences and gaps are what bring the very different processes of writing and reading together. It notes that loss and absence are present at the very heart of Woolf’s art and that absence can take on a number of forms, and discusses how Woolf’s experience of loss as disruption embodied her vision of both literary and political history. The chapter also presents a brief summary of the arrangement and content of the following chapters.

Keywords: absences; modernist writing; Virginia Woolf; loss; literary history; political history

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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