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Virginia Woolf Reads Shakespeare: or, Her Silence on Master William

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624348.003.0002
Virginia Woolf Reads Shakespeare: or, Her Silence on Master William

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This chapter discusses the essay that Woolf never wrote on Shakespeare. It then looks at several central themes, including Woolf’s relationship with her brother and father, which brought her closer to the male-dominated literary culture during her time. The chapter studies the difficulties Woolf encountered while reading some of Shakespeare’s works, and then looks at the demythologisation of Shakespeare.

Keywords: William Shakespeare; male-dominated culture; literary culture; reading Shakespeare; demythologisation

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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