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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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Woolf, Defoe, Derrida

Woolf, Defoe, Derrida

Interdisciplinary Dogs—or the Canine Aesthetics and (Gender) Politics of Creativity

(p.95) Woolf, Defoe, Derrida
Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf

Jane Goldman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter offers a reading of Daniel Defoe and Jacques Derrida through Virginia Woolf and the signifying dog, as well as Woolf's critical treatment of the divide between man and beast. It first considers Woolf's signifying dogs and how they intervene at the intersection between art and life, between artists and their subjects, between art and audience, between art and criticism, and between the arts themselves. It then discusses Derrida's passing allusion to Woolf's essay “Robinson Crusoe” in The Beast and the Sovereign 2 (2011), in which he reads Defoe's Robinson Crusoe alongside “Heidegger's Seminar on World, Finitude, and Solitude.” The rest of the chapter expounds on Woolf's interdisciplinary dogs, with particular emphasis on the canine aesthetics and (gender) politics of creativity.

Keywords:   creativity, Daniel Defoe, Jacques Derrida, signifying dog, man, beast, art, Robinson Crusoe, canine aesthetics

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