The Remediable Flaw: Revisioning Cultural History in Between the Acts

  • Judith L. Johnston


On 13 August 1940, while enemy bombers were flying overhead, Virginia Woolf put aside her draft of Pointz Hall to write to Benedict Nicolson, fiercely defending her own and Roger Fry’s artistic careers against Nicolson’s allegation (quoted by Woolf) that Fry ’shut himself out from all disagreeable actualities and allowed the spirit of Nazism to grow without taking any steps to check it’ (L, VI). In replying by pointing to Nicolson’s privileged education at Eton and Oxford and his elegant job as Keeper of the King’s Pictures, Woolf attributes his pose of superior political morality to his culture. Her culture was different, though she studied the same books.


Cultural History Literary History Private Tutor Contemporary Politics Humanist Tradition 
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