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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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“As I spin along the roads I remodel my life”

“As I spin along the roads I remodel my life”

Travel Films “projected into the shape of Orlando”

(p.250) “As I spin along the roads I remodel my life”
Contradictory Woolf

Leslie Kathleen Hankins

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the cinematic inter-texts of Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando in 1920s travel films to show how Woolf, through the creation of “film clip portals,” re-directs—rather than simply borrow from—film. Woolf enjoyed not only travel writing, but also travel film; her fiction bears traces of her pilgrimages to picture palaces for travel adventures. One of Woolf's first diary comments about film—from January 15, 1915—describes a barge floating through Baghdad. The chapter considers how Woolf offers the “gift of travel” to Vita Sackville-West and other readers and adds a cinematic element to her playful love letter. It also discusses Woolf's use of travel—actual, imaginary, or cinematic—to inspire far-reaching flights of fancy not only for her fiction but also for her love and life.

Keywords:   travel films, Orlando, film clip portals, travel writing, fiction, Vita Sackville-West, travel, flights of fancy, love

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