Woolf and the real world

Zwerdling aims to correct the standard image of Woolf as an "immured priest ess in the temple of artdedicated, sol itary, out of touch with the life of her time." He constructs his argument around Woolf's "intense interest in the life of society and its effect on the indi vidual," and treats such topics as class and money, the social system, the fam ily, feminism, the turbulent politics of the 1930s, and pacifism. This approach provides new angles of vision on novels that have been much discussed. But the book is no sociological treatise: Zwer dling shows how Woolf translates the sociopolitical currents of her time into the delicate, ambivalent language of fic tion. In the process he manages to say something both new and convincing about Woolf. 

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