9780521196550

Virginia Woolf and the Study of Nature

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521196550

  • ISBN10:

    0521196558

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-08-23
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Reflecting the modernist fascination with science, Virginia Woolf's representations of nature are informed by a wide-ranging interest in contemporary developments in the life sciences. Christina Alt analyses Woolf's responses to disciplines ranging from taxonomy and the new biology of the laboratory to ethology and ecology and illustrates how Woolf drew on the methods and objectives of the contemporary life sciences to describe her own literary experiments. Through the examination of Woolf's engagement with shifting approaches to the study of nature, this work covers new ground in Woolf studies and makes an important contribution to the understanding of modernist exchanges between literature and science.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The natural history tradition
The modern life sciences
'To pin through the body with a name': Virginia Woolf and the taxonomic tradition
Laboratory coats and field glasses: Virginia Woolf and the modern study of nature
Representing 'the manner of our seeing': literary experimentation and scientific analogy
Bibliography
Notes
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