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Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work

by Louise A. DeSalvo

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Describes the abuse inflicted upon the novelist from her Victorian family where sexual violence was common.

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DeSalvo's analysis of Virginia Woolf's childhood and how it influenced her writing rings even more true now, what with the #MeTo movement and its revelations, than when the book was published in 1990. I was especially moved by her contention that Woolf fought back against her family and her society through her writing. I finished the book with a strong belief in the value of writing to define and assert the self, especially when you are being pressed to conform to a social structure that denigrates you. ( )
1 vote PatsyMurray | Dec 23, 2018 |
This is a challenging book indeed. I wanted to argue with some of the conclusions, but the author is quite persuasive. Anyone interested in the life and work of Woolf should really read this one. ( )
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In 1962, while I was a student of Carol Smith at Douglass College, I first became interested in Virginia Woolf's portraits of children in To the Lighthouse. - Preface
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