Hats and Veils: <i>Texere</i> in the Age of Rupture

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:
Hats and Veils: Texere in the Age of Rupture

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This chapter explains how to read the ‘poetry’ of The Waves and how to understand Woolf's response to the symbolic world of physics, showing that popularised science, during the time Woolf was writing her novel, was describing a universe of waves, particles, entropy and dissipation. It then looks at the sun as a figure of knowledge and the primary agent of poiesis. The chapter also considers the characters of The Waves, who are known by their relation to clothing, the presence of sartorial items, and the meditations on different kinds of writing that are figured through cloth and clothing.

Keywords: Waves; popularised science; sun; poiesis; sartorial items; kinds of writing; cloth; clothing

Chapter.  9767 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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