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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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Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, and Old Shoes

Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, and Old Shoes

A Cross-Cultural Iconography of Historical Trauma from the Great War to the Iraq War

(p.50) Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, and Old Shoes
Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf

Marlene A. Briggs

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines collective and individual responses to war, presenting a cross-cultural iconography of historical trauma from the Great War to the Iraq War. More specifically, it considers Virginia Woolf's representations of “old shoes,” including her evocation of the death of Jacob Flanders during the Great War, within a cultural genealogy that includes the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, the Yiddish poet Moses Schulstein, and the Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi. Drawing on Susan Stanford Friedman's model of parataxis as well as artifacts, paintings, and performances, the chapter also discusses the implications of Woolf's memorable image, addressing the multidisciplinary interests of Bloomsbury and the transhistorical instances of war.

Keywords:   iconography, historical trauma, Great War, Iraq War, old shoes, Vincent van Gogh, Moses Schulstein, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, parataxis

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