"Ransacking the Language": Finding the Missing Goods in Virginia Woolf's Orlando

@article{Smith2006RansackingTL,
  title={"Ransacking the Language": Finding the Missing Goods in Virginia Woolf's Orlando},
  author={Vicky Smith},
  journal={Journal of Modern Literature},
  year={2006},
  volume={29},
  pages={57 - 75}
}
Situating Orlando within a matrix of biographical, cultural, and literary concerns, this essay contends that Virginia Woolf's peculiar and fantastical "biography" of Vita Sackville-West effects a double compensation. By attending to the tensions between the real and the fictional/fantastic and the public and private, I suggest that the text restores lost loves and lost objects to both Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. The other compensation the novel effects is located at the level of… Expand
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