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Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf$
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Ann Martin and Kathryn Holland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082624

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082624.001.0001

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“Waving to Virginia”

“Waving to Virginia”

(p.80) “Waving to Virginia”
Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf

Brenda R. Silver

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the representation of Virginia Woolf in art by tracing patterns of reference in the work of Reinaldo Arenas and Patti Smith. It considers the place of artistic practice in the context of politicized knowledge; how moral, social, and scientific principles underwrite ideology and thus patterns of behavior and of control; and how these practices of exclusion are met by artistic interventions. The chapter moves from text to intertext in an interwoven reflection upon AIDS, suicide, and the connections forged between artists through assertions of agency. It also examines how Arenas became attracted to two of Woolf's novels, Orlando and Nightwood.

Keywords:   art, Reinaldo Arenas, Patti Smith, ideology, AIDS, suicide, artists, agency, Orlando

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