Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Contradictory Woolf$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Derek Ryan and Stella Bolaki

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780983533955

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 31 March 2020

“When the lights of health go down”

“When the lights of health go down”

Virginia Woolf’s Aesthetics and Contemporary Illness Narratives

Chapter:
(p.115) “When the lights of health go down”
Source:
Contradictory Woolf
Author(s):

Stella Bolaki

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.003.0013

This chapter examines the question of aesthetics in Virginia Woolf's contradictory discussion of mind and body in “On Being Ill” (1926). In particular, it considers the importance of taking seriously the aesthetic dimension of contemporary illness narratives by linking Woolf's “On Being Ill” with Hilary Mantel's diary essay published in 2010. It points out the contradictions in Mantel's reading of Woolf's essay which repeats the clichéd criticism of the latter as an aesthete while also continuing aspects of her aesthetic project. It also explains how “On Being Ill” provides contemporary narratives of illness with a workable model of “translating pain and raw sensation into verbal form”.

Keywords:   aesthetics, mind, body, On Being Ill, illness, Hilary Mantel, contradiction, pain

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.