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Introduction From Michel de Montaigne to the New Media: Reading Virginia Woolf in the Twenty-First Century

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/9780748636754.003.0008
Introduction From Michel de Montaigne to the New Media: Reading Virginia Woolf in the Twenty-First Century

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This introductory chapter discusses Virginia Woolf's interest in Michel de Montaigne's ‘essayistic’ mode, a form of expression that uses very nuanced and complicated rhetorical and narrative strategies, while at the same time inviting the active participation of the readers. It looks at the manipulation of language through a long political campaign and the failure of an important tool of democracy: an independent press. The chapter then recognises the importance of Woolf's writing to the increasingly complex problems about the reception of language.

Keywords: Virginia Woolf; Michel de Montaigne; essayistic mode; rhetorical strategies; narrative strategies; manipulation of language; independent press; reception of language

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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