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Woolf's AmbiguitiesTonal Modernism, Narrative Strategy, Feminist Precursors$
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Molly Hite

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501714450

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501714450.001.0001

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Not Thinking Back through Our Mothers

Not Thinking Back through Our Mothers

Elizabeth Robins and the Feminist Polemical Novel

(p.62) Chapter 3 Not Thinking Back through Our Mothers
Woolf's Ambiguities

Molly Hite

Cornell University Press

This chapter considers Woolf’s lifelong association with Robins, a charismatic novelist, actress, and suffrage activist. Despite Woolf’s famous claim that the most important Edwardian writers were men, Robins and other feminist fiction writers were popular and critically esteemed as well as being formidable models of the public woman, engaged in the aesthetic and political movements of the turn of the century. Woolf notoriously rejected their precedent as both writers and public figures, but many of her interactions with Robins, especially her revisions of Robins' own work, testify that her personal as well as professional competition with her foremother was intellectually stimulating and productive.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Robins, Edwardian, feminist, public woman, precedent, polemic, revision

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