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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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Woolf, Context, and Contradiction

Woolf, Context, and Contradiction

(p.11) Woolf, Context, and Contradiction
Contradictory Woolf

Michael H. Whitworth

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines what is involved in putting aside old copies of Virginia Woolf's texts in favour of annotated editions based on experience of editing Night and Day (1919) for the new Cambridge University Press edition of Woolf's writings. It also discusses key critical strands in Woolf scholarship relating to the question of annotation. The chapter emphasizes the importance of the reader as “maker of meaning” to make his case that annotation and criticism involve a rigorous process of contextualization, but not to mistake such rigor with providing a definitive context. The chapter asserts that our readings of Woolf are always enriched by accessing further contextual information, even and especially when this information might be contradictory.

Keywords:   annotation, Night and Day, reader, contextualization, context, editing, criticism

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