Virginia Woolf, Modernity and History: Constellations with Walter Benjamin

TitleVirginia Woolf, Modernity and History: Constellations with Walter Benjamin
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSpiropoulou, Angeliki
Refereed DesignationRefereed
PublisherPalgrave-Macmillan
CityLondon, New York
ISBN978-0-230-53758-3
Keywordsmodernism, philosophy of history, theory of modernity, Virginia Woolf, Walter Benjamin
Abstract
This new study analyses the representation of the past and the practice of historiography in the fiction and critical writings of Virginia Woolf, and draws parallels between Woolf's historiographical imagination and the thought of Walter Benjamin, German philosopher of history and key theorist of modernity.
 
Contents:

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Reading Virginia Woolf in Constellation with Walter Benjamin
Modernity, Modernism and the Past
Theories of History, Models of Historiography
Antiquity and Modernity: Jacob’s Room and the ‘Greek Myth’
Historical Fictions, Fictional Fashions and Time: Orlando as the ‘Angel of History’
Natural History and Historical Nature in To the Lighthouse and Other Fiction
Dreaming, History and the Visions of the Obscure in The Years
This Stage of History: Between the Acts and the Destruction of Tradition
A ‘Common History’: Anonymous Artists, Communal Collectivities
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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