The Conversation behind the Conversation: Speaking the Unspeakable

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:
The Conversation behind the Conversation: Speaking the Unspeakable

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This chapter takes a look at some words and thoughts which could not be written or spoken in public during the early twentieth century, and suggests that although Woolf resented such censorship – especially when it applied only to female writers – she also enjoyed overcoming the obstacles and challenges it offered. It also notes the contributions restrictions make to the creative process.

Keywords: censorship; restrictions; contributions; creative process

Chapter.  4242 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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