Virginia Woolf, ‘Patriotism’, and ‘our prostituted factpurveyors’

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:
Virginia Woolf, ‘Patriotism’, and ‘our prostituted factpurveyors’

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This chapter talks about patriotism and newspapers in Woolf's time and in modern times. It reviews Woolf's Three Guineas, which is infused with repeated references to ‘prostituted fact-purveyors’, ‘photographs of dead bodies and ruined houses’ and ‘patriotism’. The chapter studies the relevance of this text and places emphasis on what happens to those who think and speak against the current, which are issues that are still difficult for ‘outsiders’ and women today.

Keywords: patriotism; newspapers; Three Guineas; fact-purveyors; against the current; outsiders; women

Chapter.  6801 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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