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Virginia Woolf, the Intellectual & the Public Sphere
Melba Cuddy-Keane relates Woolf's literary reviews and essays to early twentieth-century debates about the value of "highbrow" culture; the methods of instruction in universities and adult education; and the importance of an educated public for the realization of democratic goals. Combining a wealth of historical detail with a penetrating analysis of Woolf's essays, this s ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published January 18th 2007 by Cambridge University Press
(first published August 14th 2003)
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For a piece of scholarly work, this book is surprisingly readable, organized, and relevant. I learned a lot about Woolf and about the debates about reading and education in the 20s and 30s and came out with a greater appreciation of and a deeper connection to an author I already admired.