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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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History as Scaffolding

History as Scaffolding

Woolf’s Use of the Times in the Years

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(p.41) History as Scaffolding
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Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf
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Eleanor McNees

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780989082624.003.0006

This chapter examines Virginia Woolf's integration of newspaper headlines in The Years as they become shorthand for generational, political, and gender divides, and how the war and the medium itself bring readers together. The 1977 winter issue of the Bulletin of the New York Public Library on The Years launched a continuing debate about Woolf's process of revision and her expunging of factual detail in the final published version. The wartime expurgated portion of The Years takes place on September 22, 1914 when late edition newspaper headlines proclaimed the sinking of three British cruisers by a German submarine in the North Sea. The chapter then considers the scenes and implications of newspaper reading in both the published edition of The Years and the omitted 1914 section, along with Woolf's persistent use of The Times articles along with other, unnamed newspapers to pummel her characters into visceral responses to the external world.

Keywords:   newspaper headlines, The Years, war, newspaper reading, The Times, newspapers, gender

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