Facing Life as We Have Known It: Virginia Woolf and the Women's Co-operative Guild.

Date

2014-09-01

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Manchester University Press

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Article

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Yes

Abstract

This article explores Leonard and Virginia Woolf's early interactions with the Women's Co-operative Guild and supplies a contextualised analysis of Virginia Woolf's preface to Life as We Have Known It (1931). Written to introduce a volume of autobiographical sketches by Co-operative Guildswomen and published in a variant form in the Yale Review, this essay has generated conflicting debate in Woolf studies. In this article I argue that the essay fictionalises Virginia Woolf's relationship with the Guild, concealing her familiarity with Guild activities to better engage an anticipated middle-class readership and promote frank interrogation of class prejudice.

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Virginia Woolf, class, British Co-operative movement, women's writing

Citation

Wood, A. (2014) Facing Life as We Have Known It: Virginia Woolf and the Women's Co-operative Guild. Literature & History, 23: (2), pp. 18-34

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Research Institute

Institute of English