Emma Simone

in Virginia Woolf and Being-in-the-world

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2017 | ISBN: 9781474421676
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781474434638 | DOI:

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In Chapter 1 a comprehensive overview of the Heideggerian understanding of Being-in-the-world is presented, placing particular emphasis upon the ways in which this notion relates to Woolf’s writings. Providing a foundation and context for the discussions that are to follow in the remaining chapters, key Heideggerian concepts relating to Being-in-the-world are defined and discussed, including ‘Being-with-Others’; the average everyday mode of ‘theyness’; and ‘authentic’ and ‘inauthentic’ modes of Being. Emphasised throughout this chapter are the ways in which Woolf and Heidegger’s understandings of the relationship between self and world lie in sharp contrast to the Cartesian dualism that separates subject and object, and self and Other.

Keywords: Being-in-the-world; Being-with-Others; Theyness; Everyday; Authentic; Dualism; Being; Cartesian; inauthentic

Chapter.  15425 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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