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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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“Can ‘I’ Become ‘We’?”

“Can ‘I’ Become ‘We’?”

Addressing Community in The Years and Three Guineas

(p.88) “Can ‘I’ Become ‘We’?”
Contradictory Woolf

Oren Goldschmidt

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines how Virginia Woolf viewed the complex negotiation between personal relationships and socio-political community in relation to G. E. Moore's Principia Ethica. The importance of personal relationships is a recurrent idea in critical discussions of Bloomsbury, and Moore's Principia Ethica is often cited as a manifesto for its emphasis on love and friendship. The chapter considers Woolf's disagreements with Moore, as well as her experimentation with metaphor and syntax, and how they helped her “to imagine functional forms of community” which are explored in The Years (1937) and Three Guineas (1938). It also discusses the logical and linguistic aporias that surround the idea of meaningful interpersonal connection as they relate to Woolf's later attempts to imagine functional forms of community.

Keywords:   personal relationships, socio-political community, G. E. Moore, Principia Ethica, The Years, Three Guineas, metaphor, syntax

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