From Symbolism in Loose Robes to the Figure of the Androgyne

R. S. Koppen

in Virginia Woolf, Fashion and Literary Modernity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638727
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651917 | DOI:
From Symbolism in Loose Robes to the Figure of the Androgyne

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This chapter examines some of Virginia Woolf's writing through its clothes, and then presents the contemporary moment as a fashionably androgyne woman, who is developed into a figure of modern writing. It determines that clothes not only provide access to a history of women as consumers and exhibitionists of capitalist modernity, but also represent a gendered reality.

Keywords: Virginia Woolf; contemporary moment; androgyne woman; modern writing; history of women; capitalist modernity; gendered reality

Chapter.  11357 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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