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Virginia Woolf: Writing the World$
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Pamela L. Caughie and Diana L. Swanson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780990895800

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780990895800.001.0001

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Taking Up Her Pen for World Peace: Virginia Woolf, Feminist Pacifist. Or Not?

Taking Up Her Pen for World Peace: Virginia Woolf, Feminist Pacifist. Or Not?

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(p.37) Taking Up Her Pen for World Peace: Virginia Woolf, Feminist Pacifist. Or Not?
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Virginia Woolf: Writing the World
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Paula Maggio

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780990895800.003.0004

This essay makes the case that Woolf was feminist and pacifist and at the same time that Woolf rejected both labels. To make this case, this essay provides a brief overview of her work as it relates to her feminist war resistance at home and abroad, analysing diary entries and letters dating from 1916 through 1938, A Room of One’s Own (1929), and Three Guineas (1938). In conclusion, it discusses her 1940 essay, “Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid,” as written from a feminist pacifist perspective that persisted throughout her life.

Keywords:   Woolf, Feminism, Pacifism, Room of Ones Own, Jacobs Room, Thoughts on Peace

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