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Virginia Woolf and Heritage$
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Jane deGay, Tom Breckin, and Anne Reus

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954422

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781942954422.001.0001

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From the Author to the Icon: A Heritage of Virginia Woolf in French Biographies and Biofictions

From the Author to the Icon: A Heritage of Virginia Woolf in French Biographies and Biofictions

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(p.217) From the Author to the Icon: A Heritage of Virginia Woolf in French Biographies and Biofictions
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Virginia Woolf and Heritage
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Anne-Laure Rigeade

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781942954422.003.0031

In this paper, I intend to analyze three French biographies and biofictions starring Virginia Woolf: Viviane Forrester's Virginia Woolf (2009), Christine Duhon's Une Année amoureuse de Virginia Woolf (1990), and Anne-James Chaton's elle regarde passer les gens (2016). My purpose is to show that these hybrid texts inherit of Woolf in two ways: first, because they propose a certain form of biography, a certain mix of fact and fiction, responding to Woolf's own creation, from Orlando to Roger Fry. Then, these texts inherit of an author's figure, an author who becomes more than a character, an icon.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Viviane Forrester, Anne-James Chaton, French heritage, biography, biofiction

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