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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

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

Derek Ryan

Liverpool University Press

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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