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Virginia Woolf's Influential Forebears : Julia Margaret Cameron, Anny Thackeray Ritchie and Julia

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In Virginia Woolf's Influential Forebears, Marion Dell reveals nineteenth-century legacies which inform Woolf's work and shape her as a writing woman, pre-eminent in twentieth-century literary modernism. She identifies specific lines of descent from three of Woolf's forebears: her great-aunt, the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, the writer she called aunt, Anny Thackeray Ritchie, and her mother Julia Prinsep Stephen. Dell shows how the work and influence of these three women is textually, artistically, biographically and genealogically embedded in Woolf's own. Woolf's response to them was ambivalent, revealing her conflicted relationship with her past. But ambivalence was also one of their legacies to her and a positive aesthetic in her work. Though she frequently obscures their influence she recognises them as invisible presences. Close reading of the novels which frame this book, Night and Day and The Years, shows Woolf's lifelong engagement with the lives and works of Cameron, Ritchie, and Stephen.
In Virginia Woolf's Influential Forebears, Marion Dell reveals nineteenth-century legacies which inform Woolf's work and shape her as a writing woman, pre-eminent in twentieth-century literary modernism. She identifies specific lines of descent from three of Woolf's forebears: her great-aunt, the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, the writer she called aunt, Anny Thackeray Ritchie, and her mother Julia Prinsep Stephen. Dell shows how the work and influence of these three women is textually, artistically, biographically and genealogically embedded in Woolf's own. Woolf's response to them was ambivalent, revealing her conflicted relationship with her past. But ambivalence was also one of their legacies to her and a positive aesthetic in her work. Though she frequently obscures their influence she recognises them as invisible presences. Close reading of the novels which frame this book, Night and Day and The Years, shows Woolf's lifelong engagement with the lives and works of Cameron, Ritchie, and Stephen.
Number of Pages: 207
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: Women Authors
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Marion Dell
Language: English
Street Date: October 12, 2015
TCIN: 46775853
UPC: 9781137497277
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-0512
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