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The Rhetoric of Performance in <i>A Room of One's Own</i>

Allen Judith

in Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Language

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748636754
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651962 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636754.003.0003
The Rhetoric of Performance in A Room of One's Own

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This chapter concentrates on the word ‘but’, which is used self-consciously in A Room of One's Own, as well as to establish the contradictory aspects of differing voices, to interrupt, to resist any final judgment or to hold a number of ideas in place while assessing their validity. It makes use of Brecht's theory of performance to study Woolf's narrative and rhetorical strategies, and also focuses on the functioning of punctuation and language.

Keywords: but; differing voices; Brecht; narrative strategies; rhetorical strategies; punctuation; language

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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