Virginia Woolf and the Study of Nature by Christina AltVirginia Woolf and the Study of Nature by Christina Alt

Virginia Woolf and the Study of Nature

byChristina Alt

Hardcover | August 23, 2010

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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.
Title:Virginia Woolf and the Study of NatureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:August 23, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521196558

ISBN - 13:9780521196550

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The natural history tradition; 2. The modern life sciences; 3. 'To pin through the body with a name': Virginia Woolf and the taxonomic tradition; 4. Laboratory coats and field glasses: Virginia Woolf and the modern study of nature; 5. Representing 'the manner of our seeing': literary experimentation and scientific analogy; Bibliography; Notes.

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'Virginia Woolf and the Study of Nature is an enlightening and compelling read, both for Woolfians and those interested in the history of the study of nature. It offers not only fresh perspectives and insights into Virginia Woolf's life and work but wonderfully unexpected conversations between scientific practice and artistic composition.' Virginia Woolf Bulletin