"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}
  • Vicky Smith
  • Published 14 September 2006
  • Art
  • Journal of Modern Literature
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… 

Orlando: A Fanfiction; or, Virginia Woolf in the Archive of Our Own

Abstract:Virginia Woolf's Orlando (1928) models a type of female gift exchange that resurfaces in places we might not expect—for instance, contemporary digital literatures like fanfiction. Though

'Mysterious figures' : character and characterisation in the work of Virginia Woolf

This thesis argues for a reading of Virginia Woolf’s work based on notions of character and characterisation as a primary interpretative perspective. The bulk of Woolf scholarship, particularly in

Metafiction in the Feminine Novel: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando

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Silent Modernism : Soundscapes and the Unsayable in Richardson, Joyce, and Woolf

This thesis examines silence in modernist fiction, explaining how it forms a central aspect of realism in the modernist novel. It is based on close readings of the form and function of silence in the

Century-Travelling, Gender-Bending Artists: : A Comparison of the Artists in Woolf's Orlando and Smith's How to Be Both

This essay primarily looks at the relationship between gender and art through history,by comparing the two main characters of Virginia Woolf's Orlando (1928) and AliSmith's How to Be Both (2014), a

The limits of expression : language, poetry, thought

The following analysis takes as its starting point a divergence in views on what philosophers and linguists call ‘effability’ or ‘expressibility’ (the extent to which it is possible, through the

Repression/Incitement: Double-Reading Vita Sackville-West's The E dwardians Thr ough Freud and Foucault

ii Preface: Psychoanalysis and The Edwardians 1 Part One: Repression: Reading The Edwardians through Freud 7 Part Two: Incitement: Reading The Edwardians through Foucault 22 Afterword: Freud with

Insisting on the Self The Narration of Self as Problem and Premise in Three Novels by Virginia Woolf

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"Women Alone Stir My Imagination": Lesbianism and the Cultural Tradition

  • B. W. Cook
  • Art, History
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1979
In literary history, were all things equal, 1928 might be remembered as a banner year for lesbian publishing. In 1928 Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness, and Djuna

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  • Sherron E. Knopp
  • Art
    PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
  • 1988
Woolf called Orlando a “joke,” an “escapade,” and critics have taken her at her word. Although an enormous amount has been written about Woolf, the novel that celebrates her love for Vita

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Virginia Woolf asked this question, in real or feigned amazement, of Lady Cecil in a letter dated 28 October 1928.1 Fifty years after its first publication, people are still finding Orlando

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The passionate love affair between Violet Trefusis and Vita Sackville-West ended in 1921 with their forced separation and return to their respective husbands and families. This collection of Violet's