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Revisiting Virginia Woolf's most experimental texts, Elsa Högberg explores how Woolf's writing prompts us to re-examine the meaning of intimacy. In Högberg's readings of Jacob's Room, Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse andThe Waves, intimacy is revealed to be not just affective connections with loved ones, but primarily those painful encounters which unsettle our knowledge of who we are and the world around us. Virginia Woolf and the Ethics of Intimacy demonstrateshow this troubling and thought-provokingnotion of intimacy is central to Woolf'sethical and political stance against violence, patriotism and fascism. Drawing on contemporary theory – including the works of Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva – it reads Woolf as a writer and political thinker whose vital contribution to the modernist scene of inter-war Britain is strikinglyrelevant to debatesaround intimacy, power and vulnerability incontemporary theory.
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Literary Criticism
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Author: Elsa Hu00f6gberg
Street Date: April 4, 2019
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-0173