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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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date: 18 July 2018

The Sex War and the Great War: Woolf’S Late Victorian Inheritance in Three Guineas

The Sex War and the Great War: Woolf’S Late Victorian Inheritance in Three Guineas

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(p.43) The Sex War and the Great War: Woolf’S Late Victorian Inheritance in Three Guineas
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Virginia Woolf: Writing the World
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Christine Haskill

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780990895800.003.0005

This essay interrogates how Woolf’s construction of feminist pacifism in Three Guineas (1938) resonates with late Victorian literary feminism. The narrator’s internal debate within Three Guineas reflects a division among New Woman writers between the reforming vision of Olive Schreiner and the radical tactics of George Egerton. Schreiner and Egerton represent an important tension in feminism between equality and agency. Woolf’s debate with late Victorian feminists informs her critique of modern war as an outsider. As she contextualizes the tyranny of war alongside the tyranny of the separate spheres, the Great War and the sex war of the late nineteenth century become inextricable in Three Guineas.

Keywords:   Three Guineas, Olive Schreiner, George Egerton, Virginia Woolf, Feminism, Victorian, New Woman, Great War

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