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Contradictory Woolf$
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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

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The Bispecies Environment, Coevolution, and Flush

The Bispecies Environment, Coevolution, and Flush

(p.150) The Bispecies Environment, Coevolution, and Flush
Contradictory Woolf

Jeanne Dubino

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the interconnections between species as well as the “coevolutionary dimensions” in Virginia Woolf's fictional biography, Flush (1933). Populated with wild and tamed species ranging from cats and lions to tigers, parrots, elephants, fish, fox, black beetles, hares, fleas, and dogs, Flush is a reminder of Woolf's lifelong desire to render the manifold textures of life of the natural world in all its plenitude and profusion. While Woolf's focus in the novel is on the emotional bonds, she also represents the physical ways species connect to each other. Woolf's genius lies in her understanding of the myriad shades and degrees of relationships—and more specifically, of bispecies affiliations. It is almost as if she were anticipating the way scientists have teased out the coevolutionary dimensions of Darwinian thought. The rest of the chapter discusses predator-prey relationships, competitors, host-guest relationships, and mutual beneficiaries.

Keywords:   species, coevolution, Flush, natural world, bispecies affiliations, predator-prey relationships, competitors, host-guest relationships, mutual beneficiaries

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