Politics and Aesthetics in The Diary of Virginia Woolf

Politics and Aesthetics in The Diary of Virginia Woolf

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In this critical study, Tidwell examines the conflict of aesthetics and politics in The Diary of Virginia Woolf. As a modernist writer concerned with contemporary aesthetic theories, Woolf experimented with limiting the representative nature of writing. At the same time, as a feminist, Woolf wanted to incorporate her political interests in her fiction, but overt political statement conflicted with her aesthetic ideals. Her solution was to combine innovative narrative techniques and subject matter traditionally associated with women. Tidwell analyzes several of Woolfa€™s novels, including To the Lighthouse, Jacoba€™s Room, and Between the Acts to elucidate the diarya€™s technique and form, as well as to cast it as a valuable contribution to Woolfa€™s canon.This avant-garde modernism characterized the home as a place that detracted from modern man and decried any artist who even thought of turning to interior decorating as artistic expression. The artists of Blooms- bury valued the domestic, anbsp;...

Title:Politics and Aesthetics in The Diary of Virginia Woolf
Author: Joanne Tidwell
Publisher:Routledge - 2008-02-07

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