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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

About the editors

QUENTIN BELL formerly Professor of Art, University of Leeds, Slade Professor of Fine Art, Oxford and Professor of the History and Theory of Art, University of Sussex JESSICA BERMAN Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County MARIE-LUISE GATTENS Associate Professor of German, Southern Methodist University LIA GIACHERO Author LEIGH CORAL HARRIS Women's Studies Programme, University of California, Santa Barbara MARY JOANNOU Senior Lecturer in English Studies, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge LISA LOW Professor of English, Pace University, New York City VARA S. NEVEROW Professor of English and Women's Studies, Southern Connecticut State University NATANIA ROSENFELD Lecturer in English, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois LORETTA STEC Associate Professor of English, San Francisco State University MOLLY ABEL TRAVIS Associate Professor of English, Tulane University

Bibliographic information


'...this splendid collection of essays...expands our appreciation of Woolf and other radical feminists of the late 1930s.' - Virginia Woolf Miscellany