Imagining Virginia Woolf
An Experiment in Critical Biography
By (author) Maria DiBattista
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Imagining Virginia Woolf by Maria DiBattista
Book DescriptionWhere other works of literary criticism are absorbed with the question--How to read a book?--Imagining Virginia Woolf asks a slightly different but more intriguing one: how does one read an author? Maria DiBattista answers this by undertaking an experiment in critical biography. The subject of this work is not Virginia Woolf, the person who wrote the novels, criticism, letters, and famous diary, but a different being altogether, someone or something Maria DiBattista identifies as "the figment of the author." This is the Virginia Woolf who lives intermittently in the pages of her writings and in the imagination of her readers. Drawing on Woolf's own extensive remarks on the pleasures and perils of reading, DiBattista argues that reading Woolf, in fact reading any author, involves an encounter with this imaginative figment, whose distinct, stylistic traits combine to produce that beguiling phantom--the literary personality. DiBattista reveals a writer who possessed not a single personality, but a cluster of distinct, yet complementary identities: the Sibyl of Bloomsbury, the Author, the Critic, the World Writer, and the Adventurer, the last of which, DiBattista claims, unites them all. Imagining Virginia Woolf provides an original way of reading, one that captures with variety and subtlety the personality that exists only in Woolf's works and in the minds of her readers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691138121
(216mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 16-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Novel Characters, Hardback (September 2010)
The anxiety and the curiosity Jane Austen s narrator expresses for her favorite heroine is an anxiety and curiosity all true novels feel for their characters, however well, or however little loved they might be.
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The fast-talking dames in film comedies of the 1930s and 1940s offered a new, independent version of American womanhood. This volume paints vivid portraits of the grandest fast-talking dames of the era, and discusses what their films had to say about men, happiness and the power of speech.
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Author Biography - Maria DiBattista
Maria DiBattista is professor of English and comparative literature at Princeton University. Her books include "Virginia Woolf's Major Novels" and "Fast-Talking Dames".
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