Virginia Woolf's Common Reader by Katerina Koutsantoni

By Katerina Koutsantoni

Within the first accomplished examine of Virginia Woolf's "Common Reader", Katerina Koutsantoni attracts on theorists from the fields of sociology, sociolinguistics, philosophy, and literary feedback to enquire the thematic trend underpinning those books with appreciate to the character of the 'common reader'. although those volumes are the one ones that Woolf compiled herself, they've got seldom been regarded as an entire. for this reason, what they demonstrate approximately Woolf's place in regards to the approaches of writing, interpreting, and important research has no longer been absolutely tested. Koutsantoni demanding situations the severe normal that equates Woolf's technique of self-effacement and private elimination from her works as an important compromise that allowed her to accomplish authorial popularity in a male-dominated context. particularly, Koutsantoni argues that an research of impersonality in Woolf's essays unearths the possibility of the style to operate either as a motor vehicle for the subjective and dialogic expression of the writer and reader and as a venue for exploring themes with which the normal reader can relate. As she explores and demanding situations the that means of impersonality in Woolf's "Common Reader", Koutsantoni exhibits how the comparable problems with subjectivity, authority, reader-response, intersubjectivity, and dialogism provide worthwhile views from which to check Woolf's paintings.

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Daniel Defoe and his Robinson Crusoe are re-examined, while Woolf also embarks on an analysis of the work of novelists such as Laurence Sterne, George Gissing, George Meredith, and Thomas Hardy. Poetry is also paid tribute to by Woolf with William Cowper, Dorothy Wordsworth, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti being discussed as intricate personalities first and then as poets. In addition to the two conventional genres of the novel and Woolf, Diary 2, p. 261. Ibid. 120 Woolf, Diary 3, p.

Jean-Francois Lyotard, The Post-modern Condition: A Report on Knowledge; quoted in Brosnan, Reading Virginia Woolf’s Essays and Journalism, p. 113. 42 Eduardo Nicol, ‘El Problema de la Filosofia Hispanica’; quoted in Kauffmann, ‘The Skewed Path’, p. 226. 43 Good, The Observing Self, pp. 23–8. B. ), Essays on the Essay, p. 27. 45 André Gide, ‘Montaigne’, The Yale Review, 89/1 (2001): 53–4. 46 Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres and Elizabeth Mittman, ‘An Introductory Essay’, in Boetcher Joeres and Mittman (eds), The Politics of the Essay, p.

92. 77 Woolf, ‘William Hazlitt’, p. 178. 78 Hall, ‘The Emergence of the Essay and the Idea of Discovery’, p. 82. , p. 81. 80 Gide, ‘Montaigne’, p. 55. 75 76 Why go on with these essays? 33 it. 81 Every attempt he made was marked by a struggle to satisfy his readers, gain their respect and acknowledgement. 83 It was not Montaigne alone who aspired to such an appeal, but the majority of essayists who followed him. 84 To borrow the words of Goutsos and Georgakopoulou, self-presentation had the opportunity of fully exploiting subjective, deeply imaginative processes in order to create sympathetic alliances with the audience.

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