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Virginia Woolf: Writing the World$
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Pamela L. Caughie and Diana L. Swanson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780990895800

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780990895800.001.0001

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Intersections: Surveillance, Propaganda, and Just War

Intersections: Surveillance, Propaganda, and Just War

(p.23) Intersections: Surveillance, Propaganda, and Just War
Virginia Woolf: Writing the World

Judith Allen

Liverpool University Press

This essay explores varied modes of “surveillance,” “propaganda,” and “just war theory,” terms that involve diverse aspects of control (political, economic, cultural, and social) facing us today. Virginia Woolf’s writings are analysed in the context of the founding of public relations by Edwards Bernays, propaganda and surveillance during World War I, the manufacturing of consent, and the politics of language. Finally, this essay argues for the relevance of Woolf’s work to understanding the US government’s vilification and punishment of whistle-blowers such as Edward Snowden—especially those who have exposed unconstitutional acts of torture and surveillance.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Surveillance, Propaganda, Just war theory, Whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, Edward Bernays

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