Virginia Woolf's Rooms and the Spaces of Modernity

  • Suzana Zink

Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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    Pages 1-11
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    Pages 13-45
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    Pages 153-183
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    Pages 213-216
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 217-223

About this book


This book provides a fascinating account of rooms in selected works by Virginia Woolf. Casting them as spaces which are at once material, textual and emotional, the volume shows Woolf’s rooms to be consistently connected to wider geographies of modernity and therefore central to her writing of gender, class, empire and the nation. The discussion moves “in and out of rooms,” from the focus on travel in Woolf’s debut novel, to the archival function of built space and literary heritage in Night and Day, the university as a male space of learning in Jacob’s Room, the iconic A Room of One’s Own and its historical readers, interior space as spatial history in The Years, and rooms as loci of memory in her unfinished memoir. Zink masterfully shows the spatial formation of rooms to be at the heart of Woolf’s interweaving of the political and the aesthetic, revealing an understanding of space as dynamic and relational.


spatial imaginary tropes of rooms socio-cultural issues Virginia Woolf modernist literature transnational space flauneuse urban representations life writing autobiography spatiality A Room of One's Own Cheyne Walk Mary Geraldine Ostle Jacob's Room interiority in Virgina Woolf Night and Day Between the Acts class mobility male and female spaces in Woolf

Authors and affiliations

  • Suzana Zink
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  1. 1.Institute of English StudiesUniversity of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland

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