Virginia Woolf and the Discourse of Science: The Aesthetics of Astronomy by Holly HenryVirginia Woolf and the Discourse of Science: The Aesthetics of Astronomy by Holly Henry

Virginia Woolf and the Discourse of Science: The Aesthetics of Astronomy

byHolly Henry

Paperback | September 17, 2009

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Holly Henry investigates how advances in astronomy in the early twentieth century influenced Woolf's literature and aesthetics and the work of such modernist British writers as Vita Sackville-West, H.G. Wells, and T.S. Eliot. In re-evaluating the cultural context out of which Modernism emerged, Henry contends that Woolf formulated a global vision that helped shape her fiction and her pacifist politics through her fascination with astronomy. Henry's study includes revealing examinations of unpublished scientific and literary archival material.
Title:Virginia Woolf and the Discourse of Science: The Aesthetics of AstronomyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:September 17, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521119871

ISBN - 13:9780521119870

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Introduction: formulating a global aesthetic; 1. Stars and nebulae in popular culture; 2. From Edwin Hubble's telescope to Virginia Woolf's 'searchlight'; 3. 'Solid objects in a solid universe': the globe and Woolf's deployment of multiple perspectives; 4. 'Talk about the riddle of the universe': traversing the discourses of science and art in The Waves; 5. From galactic expanses to earth: Woolf and Stapledon envision new worlds; 6. Woolf's global vision: Three Guineas and the politics of science; Bibliography; Index.

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"Henry's book is lucid, informative, and meticulously well researched. Essential." Choice