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Characterization and the hermeneutics of recognition in Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out

Dikova, Stanislava (2022) 'Characterization and the hermeneutics of recognition in Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out.' Feminist Modernist Studies, 5 (2). pp. 227-241. ISSN 2469-2921

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Abstract

This article traces Virginia Woolf’s interest in the representation of women back to her first published novel, The Voyage Out (1915). It argues that her dissatisfaction with traditional modes of women’s characterization stems from their reliance on recognizable patriarchal models of personhood, an unhealthy dependence which restricts the development of new forms of gendered political and personal identification. This reading uses the concept of recognition, as understood in the post-Hegelian feminist tradition, as a key structuring and interpretative tool to demonstrate Woolf’s early critical insight into the fraught relationship between idealized narratives of individual autonomy and gender. In doing so, it makes a case for the broader inclusion of recognition as a critical term of inquiry in modernist studies, both as an aesthetic and political site of contention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virginia Woolf; modernism; character; recognition; the novel; gender
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2022 10:33
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2022 18:11
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32768

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