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New Feminist Essays On Virginia Woolf

NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction

Description:NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction is a literary critical journal that features articles on various aspects of the novel genre, including theories of the novel, narratives of race and ethnicity, the novel in an international context, the novel and the history of sexuality, the novel and mass visuality, the novel's place in cultural studies, and agency in or of the novel. It is published thrice yearly.

Coverage: 1967-2012 (Vol. 1, No. 1 - Vol. 45, No. 3)

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ISSN: 00295132

EISSN: 19458509

Subjects: Language & Literature, Humanities

Collections: Arts & Sciences III Collection, JSTOR Essential Collection, Language & Literature Collection

Book Reviews113 characters in later novels. The author's intention to present Laguerre's works as a unified corpus, and not as disconnected pieces, is well accomplished. Through Irizarry's book, Enrique Laguerre joins playwright René Marqués as the only other Puerto Rican author represented in the Twayne's World Author Series. The international recognition which this represents will hopefully enhance Laguerre's exposure to a wider range of readers and critics, and in turn, stimulate the study of other Puerto Rican writers. RAUL A. ROMAN RIEFKÖHL Princeton University Jane Marcus, ed. New Feminist Essays on Virginia Woolf. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1981. 272p. The Virginia Woolf revival which began in the 1970s and which continues unabated in the 1980s has included both the editing of previously unpublished letters, diaries, memoirs, short stories, and essays on one hand, and comprehensive rereadings of Woolf's novels on the other. Scholars and critics engaged in either of these efforts have shared common revelations ofsocial criticism, sexual politics, and historical vision in Woolf's writing. They have alsoexpressed common consternation that these elements in Woolf's work remained virtually invisible to her readers for half a century. The analysis of public dimensions in Woolf's art and of our world's failure to acknowledge them is, therefore, not surprisingly, the point of Jane Marcus's collection, New Feminist Essays on Virginia Woolf. The opening essays in this volume focus on Woolf's intimate relationships with other women: Vanessa, Violet Dickinson, Margaret Llewelyn Davies, Ethel Smyth, and Vita Sackville-West. In her own essay, "Thinking Back Through Our Mothers," Marcus views Woolf as a revolutionary, a modern Antigone asserting matriarchal values and forms against a dominant male culture. Woolf, she argues, linked her female friends and the female writers she read into a chain of surrogate mothers who comforted and "camouflaged" her between her battles against "the fathers." Ellen Hawkes explains how the same relationships with women friends and writers afforded Woolf identities as woman and as artist. Both Marcus and Hawkes suggest that the sense of "a woman's republic" or feminist utopia which Woolf also derived from the women she admired enabled her finally to identify with a collective feminist "we" instead of an egocentric patriarchal "I." The bulk of the essays in New Feminist Essays present feminist reinterpretations of all Woolf's novels except Night and Day. Madeline Moore uses Jane Harrison's "Mother and Maid" myths to resolve key ambiguities in The Voyage Out. Judy Little explicates Jacob's Room as a parodie bildungsroman in which the adroit manipulation of her narrator permits Woolf to counter the conventionally understood stages of a young man's development with the failure of Jacob to match those conventions or even to develop at all. Suzette Henke's essay on Mrs. Dalloway celebrates the victory over male dictatorial power of Clarissa's "capacity to create, preserve and sanctify life." Jane Lilienfeld re-evaluates the Ramsay model of marriage in To the Lighthouse to demonstrate its debilitating effects on both partners as well as on their children. J.J. Wilson interprets Orlando as an anti-novel in the most entertaining essay from the volume. Sara Ruddick examines Woolf's projections of her brother, Thoby, into Jacob's Room and The Waves. Susan Squier analyzes the history and politics of The Years in terms of its urban setting. Finally, 114ROCKY MOUNTAIN REVIEW Nora Eisenberg focuses on Between the Acts and a companion essay, "Anon," to illustrate Woolf's ambivalence toward language, itself, as it served both patriarchy and her art. Despite the feminist rhetoric which will limit the audience for this essay collection, it is an invaluable guide to social, political, and historical vision heretofore unexplored in Woolf's art. SUSAJV CURRIER California Polytechnic State University Robert P. Newton. Vowel Undersong: Studies of Vocalic Timbre and Chronemic Patterning in German Lyrik Poetry. The Hague: Mouton Publishers, 1981. 456p. R.P. Newton's remarkable study Vowel Undersong is a book for the expert. Itis a must for every serious student of German poetry, and a desideratum for anyone deeply interested in poetry. The author subjects not only poems by Brentano, Eichendorff, Gerhardt, Goethe, Gryphius...