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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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Modernism and Memorials: Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood

Modernism and Memorials: Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood

(p.30) Modernism and Memorials: Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood
Virginia Woolf: Writing the World

Erica Gene Delsandro

Liverpool University Press

This essay complicates the dominant literary-historical narrative by comparing Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room (1922) and To the Lighthouse (1927) with Christopher Isherwood’s The Memorial (1932) in the context of the Great War and the national memorialization in its wake. Woolf’s “The Leaning Tower” (1940) helps tie the threads together. This essay advocates for a discourse of affiliation rather than opposition, highlighting the shared literary sympathies of modernist and Younger Generation writers in a world saturated by memorials both military and masculine.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Christopher Isherwood, The Great War, Modernist, Jacobs Room, To the Lighthouse, The Memorial, Leaning Tower, Younger Generation, Memorials

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