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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader$
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Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082679

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.001.0001

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Woolf Blogging, Blogging Woolf

Woolf Blogging, Blogging Woolf

Using the Web to Create a Common Wealth of Global Scholars-Readers

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Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader

Paula Maggio

Liverpool University Press

This chapter argues that Virginia Woolf would approve of blogs and blogging if she were alive today. Wolf would have embraced the World Wide Web, the medium that has revolutionized publishing and other forms of communication, to share her art. The fact that her online popularity has grown since the early 1990s supports that premise. Her message, her style, and her popular persona all combine to make her a growing online commodity. As a result, the quantity of websites presenting Woolf-related facts and commentary continues to multiply at a rapid pace. Woolf would approve of publishing online via a blog due to the fact that blogging is the modern day version of the Hogarth Press. Blogs allow us to do what Woolf advises: “speak your own mind, in your own words, at your own time, at your own length, at your own bidding.” And they allow us to do that pseudonymously, which Woolf did as a reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement. Blogs are also are equalizers that allow women an equivalent voice with men in the world, and provide a place where we can learn in community with others.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, blogging, bloggers, blogs, World Wide Web

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