Angeliki Spiropoulou: Virginia Woolf, Modernity and History: Constellations with Walter Benjamin

Macmillan 2010
von Angeliki Spiropoulou


This book analyses the representation of the past and the practice of historiography in both the fiction and the critical writings of Virginia Woolf. It argues for a critical historiography, distinct from the conventional assumptions of history writing, to be found in Woolf’s essays and fiction, and links her historiographical imagination with Walter Benjamin’s philosophy of history and associated theory of modernity along certain dialectical motifs and emblematic figures.