Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Language

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Through close readings of Woolf's essays, including 'Montaigne', A Room of One's Own, 'Craftsmanship', Three Guineas and 'Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid', Allen shows how Woolf's politics are expressed and enacted in her writing. She then works from a wide range of sources to relate Woolf's views and methods to our current political situation. These sources range from Michel de Montaigne to the Dixie Chicks, from the Northcliffe Press newspaper empire of World War I to today's mainstream newspapers, Rupert Murdoch's empire, satirical news shows like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show and social media and the blogosphere."

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Judith Allen is Leader of the Virginia Woolf Discussion Group at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania

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A thoughtful and provocative book which ranges widely across Virginia Woolf's work, paying particular attention to her essays and to her "essayistic" writings.... Allen's book is a timely and welcome addition to Woolf scholarship and to a growing body of work on the essay itself.

(Randi Saloman Woolf Studies Annual 1900-01-00)

A passionate, political and provocative study.

(Patricia Clements, Professor emeritus, University of Alberta, and founding director of The Orlando Project)

The distillation of many years of sparklingly erudite scholarship and continuing incisive debate, Judith Allen's book is essential reading for anyone concerned by current and disturbing ramifications of the politics of language and the language of politics in the modern world. She provides a generously open guide to many of Woolf's most influential essays as well as to her major manifestos, A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas.

(Dr. Jane Goldman, Reader in English Literature, University of Glasgow, UK)

Guided by Montaigne's trenchant question, 'What do I know?', Judith Allen shows how the lexicon of war in the twenty-first century can be revealed in all its lamentable 'truthiness' by paying attention to what Virginia Woolf's essays have to say about the power of language to transform our world. This is a book that makes refreshingly clear Woolf's deep political engagement with the urgent issues of war and peace.

(Mark Hussey, Editor, Woolf Studies Annual)

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