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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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“The Play’s The Thing BUT We Are The Thing Itself.” Prologue, Performance and Painting. A multimedia Exploration of Woolf’s Work in the Late 1930s and Her Vision of Prehistory.

“The Play’s The Thing BUT We Are The Thing Itself.” Prologue, Performance and Painting. A multimedia Exploration of Woolf’s Work in the Late 1930s and Her Vision of Prehistory.

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Contradictory Woolf
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Suzanne Bellamy

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.003.0004

This chapter examines performance, painting, and exegesis in relation to Virginia Woolf's creative work in the late 1930s, including her unfinished novel Between the Acts (1941), and her vision of prehistory. It recalls Melba Cuddy-Keane's suggestion that each genre in Woolf was a distinctive mode of thought, but notes how Woolf moved more and more into that multiple mode in her late works. The chapter argues that what appears as a contradiction is in fact an “embracing of the deeper knowledge of where ideas come from, leaving the shore of certainties, carrying tools of trade and making one's way with intent.” Between the Acts highlights ideas about Woolf's life as an artist, her creative process, and her ideas about that process. The chapter reflects on a pageant inspired by Woolf, written in 2001 and a painting, “Woolf and the Chaucer Horse”.

Keywords:   performance, painting, exegesis, Between the Acts, prehistory, contradiction, pageant

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