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This book explores Virginia Woolf's engagement with the professions in her life and writing. Woolf underscored the significance of the professions to society, such as the opportunity they provided for a decent income and the usefulness of professional accreditation. However, she also resisted their hierarchical structures and their role in creating an overspecialised and fragmented modernity, which prevented its members from leading whole, fulfilling lives. This book shows how Woolf's writing reshaped the professions so that they could better serve the individual and society, and argues that her search for alternatives to existing professional structures deeply influenced her literary methods and experimentation.

Virginia Woolf and the professions - Evelyn Tsz Yan Chan

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Title
Virginia Woolf and the professions
Author
Evelyn Tsz Yan Chan
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20160428

This book explores Virginia Woolf's engagement with the professions in her life and writing. Woolf underscored the significance of the professions to society, such as the opportunity they provided for a decent income and the usefulness of professional accreditation. However, she also resisted their hierarchical structures and their role in creating an overspecialised and fragmented modernity, which prevented its members from leading whole, fulfilling lives. This book shows how Woolf's writing reshaped the professions so that they could better serve the individual and society, and argues that her search for alternatives to existing professional structures deeply influenced her literary methods and experimentation.

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Evelyn Chan is currently Assistant Professor of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She completed her PhD on Virginia Woolf at the University of Cambridge in 2010.

'… Chan competently explores related issues of money, war, feminism, democracy and social class.' Kathy Chamberlain, Virginia Woolf Bulletin

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Literature and society - England - History - 20th century.|Professions in literature.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
230

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