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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader$
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Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082679

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.001.0001

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“Drawn from Our Island History”

“Drawn from Our Island History”

Virginia Woolf, Nancy Mitford, and the Politics of Pageantry

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(p.151) “Drawn from Our Island History”
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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader
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Erica Delsandro

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.003.0018

This chapter looks into Nancy Mitford's early fiction to determine her contribution to the conversation between younger novelists and aging modernists in the 1930s. In particular, it assesses her 1935 novel Wigs on the Green, highlighting the benefits of a “discourse of affiliation.” Constellating Mitford with Woolf provides a way to think through and across restrictive categories—generational, political, and aesthetic—in order to examine the way in which Englishness and national history preoccupy writers in the 1930s as they strive to revise and reimagine the national historical narratives that have left them culturally and politically disenfranchised in the postwar period.

Keywords:   Nancy Mitford, Virginia Woolf, young novelists, aging modernists, Wigs on the Green, affiliation, Englishness, national history, postwar period

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