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

  title={"Ransacking the Language": Finding the Missing Goods in Virginia Woolf's Orlando},
  author={Vicky Smith},
  journal={Journal of Modern Literature},
  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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Lesbianism, History, and Censorship: 'The Well of Loneliness' and the Suppressed Randiness of Virginia Woolf's 'Orlando.'
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Orlando's Voyage Out
Reecriture parodique du scenario oedipien de la bisexualite et de l'orientalisation du desir feminin dans Orlando de Woolf
“ Autobiography as DeFacement
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And so I pitched into my great lake of melancholy
  • What a born melancholic I am! The only way I keep afloat is by working. [. . .] Directly I stop working I feel I am sinking down, down. And as usual, I feel that if I sink further I shall reach the truth. That is the only mitigation; a kind of nobility. Solemnity. I shall make myself face the fact t
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Because Orlando is so peculiarly bound to Virginia’s friendship,” its true genesis must be sought in Woolf ’s diary entries beginning in 1922 when Virginia met Sackville-West for the first time (193)
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1894–1972), with whom Vita, often disguised as a man, had had a passionate and dramatic love affair between 1918–1921
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