Virginia Woolf and Fascism

Resisting the Dictators’ Seduction

  • Merry M. Pawlowski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Virginia Woolf at the Crossroads of Feminism, Fascism and Art

  3. Fascism, History, and the Construction of Gender

  4. Preludes to War: Politics in the Novels, Aesthetics in the Nonfiction

  5. Voices against Tyranny: Woolf among Other Writers

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 196-241

About this book


This unique collection of essays, edited by leading Woolf scholar, brings together for the first time a serious consideration of Virginia Woolf's writing within the political context of fascism. Virginia Woolf and Fascism probes Woolf's fiction and non-fiction from Mrs. Dalloway in 1927 to Between the Acts , 1941, for her responses not only to the growing menaces of dictators abroad, but also to mounting evidence of fascist ideology at home in England. The essays present a portrait of Woolf as a woman writer who was politically engaged, and actively protesting against a worldview which aggressively targeted women for oppression.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Merry M. Pawlowski
    • 1
  1. 1.California State UniversityBakersfieldUSA

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