Facing Life as We Have Known It: Virginia Woolf and the Women's Co-operative Guild.
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.
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
Research Group : English Research Group
Research Institute : Institute of English
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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