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The Value of Virginia Woolf


  • Page extent: 144 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.29 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9781107081505)

In The Value of Virginia Woolf, Madelyn Detloff explores the writings of Virginia Woolf from her early texts to her challenging and inventive novels. Detloff demonstrates why Woolf has enduring value for our own time, both as a defender of modernist experimentation and as a novelist of innovation and poetic vision who also exhibits moments of intense insight and philosophical depth. A famously enigmatic figure, Woolf's literary works offer different rewards to different readers. The Value of Virginia Woolf examines not only the significance of her most celebrated fiction but the function of time and allegory, natural and urban spaces, voice and language that give Woolf's writings their perennial appeal.

• The text is highly readable • Complements other works while offering a compelling exegesis of why reading Woolf still gives us pleasure and teaches us something about life today • Reads Woolf on Woolf's terms


1. Eudemonia: the necessary art of living; 2. Incandescence: attention and illumination; 3. Interdependence: pattern and precarity; Epilogue: Woolf's legacy.


'… the pedagogic value of The Value of Virginia Woolf is undeniable.' Woolf Studies Annual

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