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Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries$
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Julie Vandivere and Megan Hicks

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954088

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781942954088.001.0001

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The Outsider as Editor: Three Guineas and the Feminist Periodical

The Outsider as Editor: Three Guineas and the Feminist Periodical

(p.56) The Outsider as Editor: Three Guineas and the Feminist Periodical
Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries

Alyssa Mackenzie

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas in relation to feminist periodicals of her time. Drawing on Jürgen Habermas’s notion of the public sphere, it considers The Freewoman (edited by Dora Marsden) and Time and Tide (edited by Lady Margaret Rhondda) alongside Woolf’s imagined Outsiders’ Society. The chapter finds numerous shared concerns and strategies between these feminist periodicals and Woolf’s writings in and about Three Guineas, including questions of distribution, cost, allegiance to official movements, and relationship to readers. Critics have often interpreted Three Guineas as advocating a withdrawal from the public sphere; however, this chapter argues that implicit in Woolf’s discussion of women and the potential for political action is a model of feminist periodical publication, oriented towards rather than turning away from a Habermasian public sphere.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas, Feminist Periodicals, Jürgen Habermas, Public Sphere, The Freewoman, Time and Tide, Outsiders’ Society

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