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Chapter 6: Family resemblances: religion around Virginia Woolf
Chapter 6 discusses the profound influences of sectarian religion on the writing and thoughts of Virginia Woolf, an icon of early feminist literature. In part, this religious background left Woolf with a deep anxiety about the relationship between pleasure and shame. Yet despite Woolf’s indebtedness to the religions of both her grandfather and her aunt, Woolf, like her parents, was deeply agnostic, a belief which led her to question cultural and social conventions. However, Paulsell also suggests that for both Woolf and the evangelicals of her grandfather’s generation, identity and art were formed out of fragments, a mixture of “chaotic materials” combined to create new forms and ideas which could reshape society.
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