· 1 January 1998 |
· Published in: Boeken Janantoon
· Tagged with: Bloomsbury · boeken: Engels · roman · Woolf‚ Virginia
gepubliceerd door: Bloomsbury
verworven via: Kent
Orlando: A Biography, published in 1928, was not Woolf’s most famous work, but it was one of her most intense considerations of gender. Through the life of the extraordinary character Orlando, Woolf examines the meanings of masculinity and femininity as these definitions changed in Europe over the course of four hundred years.
In tracing those changes, Woolf presents a feminist overview of history from the days of Elizabeth the First to the end of World War I. Orlando, who was modeled on Woolf’s close friend Vita Sackville-West, goes from being a young man in Queen Elizabeth’s court to a love affair with a Muscovite princess; from Ambassador Extraordinary to encounters, now as Lady Orlando, with the famous English writers Pope, Addison, and Swift; finally, Orlando experiences childbirth.
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