Odd Affinities

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Odd Affinities

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Author: Elizabeth Abel


ISBN: 9780226832678

Date: 19th April, 2024


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A new reading of Virginia Woolf in the context of "long modernism." In recent decades, Virginia Woolf's contribution to literary history has been located primarily within a female tradition. Elizabeth Abel dislodges Woolf from her iconic place within this tradition to uncover her shadowy presence in other literary genealogies. Abel elicits unexpected echoes of Woolf in four major writers from diverse cultural contexts: Nella Larsen, James Baldwin, Roland Barthes, and W. G. Sebald. By mapping the wayward paths of what Woolf called "odd affinities" that traverse the boundaries of gender, race, and nationality, Abel offers a new account of the arc of Woolf's career and the transnational modernist genealogy constituted by her elusive and shifting presence. Odd Affinities will appeal to students and scholars working in New Modernist studies, comparative literature, gender and sexuality studies, and African American studies.

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