Virginia Woolf’s Subjectivities and (Auto)biographies

  • Georgia Johnston


In her life-writing texts, Virginia Woolf uses and advances Sackville-West’s narratological methods in her presentation of the lesbian. Woolf’s fantastical “biography” Orlando (1928), for example, uses Sackville-West’s tools of counterfeit rhetoric and palimpsest to create a “biography” that seems to comply with expectations of a heterosexual culture and conventional biography, but which provides a positive portrayal of the lesbian. Like Sackville-West, Woolf also uses the sexological tenets of lesbian identification—yet, unlike Sackville-West, she mocks them, rather than instantiating them.


Narrative Structure Male Relative Master Narrative Female Development Patriarchal Family 
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