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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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“Observe, Observe Perpetually,” Montaigne, Virginia Woolf and the “Patron au Dedans.”

“Observe, Observe Perpetually,” Montaigne, Virginia Woolf and the “Patron au Dedans.”

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(p.215) “Observe, Observe Perpetually,” Montaigne, Virginia Woolf and the “Patron au Dedans.”
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Contradictory Woolf
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Gill Lowe

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.003.0027

This chapter examines the effects of self-censorship on Virginia Woolf's writing and editing, with particular emphasis on the figure of the “patron au dedans” or “invisible censor within” in her ouvre. It discusses Woolf's 1924 essay “Montaigne” and her use of her own translation so she may raise the issue of readership and its relationship to patronage. It also shows how Woolf's interrogatory practice may be interpreted as both internal soliloquy and as dialogical; she is in constant debate with the “invisible presences” who constantly check and verify the writing self. It suggests that, in a sketch written for the Hyde Park Gate News, the thirteen-year-old Virginia was experimenting with the dialectical processes inherent in composition: writing and reading, creating and editing, producing and marketing.

Keywords:   self-censorship, writing, editing, patron au dedans, Hyde Park Gate News, reading, marketing, readership, patronage

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