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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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Sky Haunting: The British Motor-Car Industry and the World Wars1

Sky Haunting: The British Motor-Car Industry and the World Wars1

(p.49) Sky Haunting: The British Motor-Car Industry and the World Wars1
Virginia Woolf: Writing the World

Ann Martin

Liverpool University Press

This essay examines the car’s violent potency and how its disruptive potential casts a shadow over its place in Woolf’s writing. The commodity’s imbrication in systems of capitalism and imperialism relates directly to the historical role of motor-car manufacturers in wartime industries, including the production of aircraft. In imagery from Mrs. Dalloway, the car is often contiguous with war. Moments that link war and the motor-car may allow us to consider another association: that of the automobile with the skywriting airplane, an unresolved signifier of war.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway, Car, Violence, Skywriting airplane, War, Capitalism, Imperialism

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