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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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From Spaniel Club to AniMalous Society

From Spaniel Club to AniMalous Society

Virginia Woolf’s Flush

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(p.158) From Spaniel Club to AniMalous Society
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Contradictory Woolf
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Derek Ryan

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.003.0019

This chapter explores Virginia Woolf's canine modernist aesthetics in relation to Donna Haraway's “companion species” and Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's “becoming-animal.” In The Companion Species Manifesto (2003), Haraway alludes to A Room of One's Own (1929) when she argues that “categorically unfixed dogs” need “A Category of One's Own”: “Woolf understood what happens when the impure stroll over the lawns of the properly registered.” Woolf's most detailed portrayal of a dog, which occurs in her fictional biography Flush, is of a cocker spaniel. The chapter then considers how Flush complicates the relationship between the “properly registered” and “unregistered,” and negotiates the contested, sometimes contradictory, spaces shared by humans and animals.

Keywords:   dogs, Donna Haraway, companion species, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, becoming-animal, Flush, humans, animals

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