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Virginia Woolf and the Professions


  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107070240
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  • This book explores Virginia Woolf's engagement with the professions in her life and writing. Woolf underscored the significance of the professions to society, such as the opportunity they provided for a decent income and the usefulness of professional accreditation. However, she also resisted their hierarchical structures and their role in creating an overspecialised and fragmented modernity, which prevented its members from leading whole, fulfilling lives. This book shows how Woolf's writing reshaped the professions so that they could better serve the individual and society, and argues that her search for alternatives to existing professional structures deeply influenced her literary methods and experimentation.

    • One of the first book-length studies on a female modernist writer and the professions
    • Draws on a range of new historical material and sources hitherto not used in Woolf studies
    • Provides a new historical perspective with which to understand Virginia Woolf and her work
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    '… Chan competently explores related issues of money, war, feminism, democracy and social class.' Kathy Chamberlain, Virginia Woolf Bulletin

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    11th Sep 2015 by Pennyyang

    creative thinking on writing and professions to society, which can earn ones higher income and more space for women

    Review was not posted due to profanity


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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107070240
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The ethics and aesthetics of medicine
    2. Virginia Woolf, amateurism and the professionalisation of literature
    3. Reconfiguring professionalism: Lily Briscoe and Miss La Trobe
    4. Translating the fact of the professions into the fiction of vision: The Years and Three Guineas
    5. A balancing act: Between the Acts and the aesthetics of specialisation.

  • Author

    Evelyn Tsz Yan Chan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Evelyn Chan is currently Assistant Professor of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She completed her PhD on Virginia Woolf at the University of Cambridge in 2010.

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