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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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(p.1) Invocations
Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader

Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents poetic invocations—“Writing In/Against Notions of a Commonwealth” by Jordan Abel, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Cecily Nicholson, and Renée Sarojini Saklikar—that capture two of the central preoccupations of the conference. Writing is a means of communication that depends on a commonality of language, of cultural heritage, of shared knowledge to create a “commons” in which the “wealth” of the community may be shared. Yet writing may also be a site of resistance, a place from which critiques or protests against existing traditions, cultures, and ideologies emerge.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, poems, poetry, invocations, writing, communication, resistance

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