Virginia Woolf Icon

Front Cover
University of Chicago Press, 1999 - Fiction - 353 pages
0 Reviews
This is a book about "Virginia Woolf": the face that sells more postcards than any other at Britain's National Portrait Gallery, the name that Edward Albee's play linked with fear, the cultural icon so rich in meanings that it has been used to market everything from the New York Review of Books to Bass Ale. Brenda Silver analyzes Virginia Woolf's surprising visibility in both high and popular culture, showing how her image and authority have been claimed or challenged in debates about art, politics, anger, sexuality, gender, class, the canon, feminism, race, and fashion.

From Virginia Woolf's 1937 appearance on the cover of Time magazine to her current roles in theater, film, and television, Silver traces the often contradictory representations and the responses they provoke, highlighting the recurring motifs that associate Virginia Woolf with fear. By looking more closely at who is afraid and the contexts in which she is perceived to be frightening, Silver illustrates how Virginia Woolf has become the site of conflicts about cultural boundaries and legitimacy that continue to rage today.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Virginia Woolf icon

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

In this study, Silver (English, Dartmouth Coll.; Virginia Woolf's Reading Notebooks) examines Woolf as a cultural image who, like Shakespeare, turns up whenever a well-known literary figure is needed ... Read full review

Contents

Cover New York Times Magazine 27 February 1994
2
Virginia Stephen Woolf Photograph by G C Beresford
19
Virginia Woolf Photograph by Man Ray
20
Virginia Woolf Photograph by Gisele Freund
21
THE INTELLECTUAL MEDIA
28
Whose Story Counts?
37
The New York Review of Books
53
Advertisement New York Review of Books
56
Me Im Afraid of Virginia Woolf
159
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid
165
Tom Viv Virginia Edith Ottoline Vita
174
Fashion Stills
188
The Politics of Adaptation or The Authentic Virginia Woolf
211
The Monstrous Union of Virginia Woolf and Marilyn Monroe
236
Literature in Quest and Question of Itself by Pamela L Caughie
241
Marilyn Monroe Photograph by Eve Arnold
242

How the Greats Are Fallen
68
Production Notes
79
Virginia Woolf Joins the AllStar Literary Vaudeville
87
Virginia Woolf Photograph by Beck and Macgregor
93
A Writers Diary and the Real Virginia Woolf
97
Beowulf and Virginia Woolf Drawing by Edward Gorey
127
Virginia Woolfs Face
128
Julia Duckworth Stephen Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron
131
Virginia Woolf Photographer unknown
133
Virginia Woolf Photograph by Man Ray
139
Poster Everywomans Center University of Massachusetts
144
Me Im Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Sammy
152
Sublime From Enjoy Your Symptom by Slavoj Zizek
251
Marilyn Monroe Photograph by Cecil Beaton
255
Marilyn Monroe Photograph by Bert Stern
256
The Dictatorship of Reason in the West by John Ralston Saul
263
Cover Spy Magazine February 1993
267
Cover I Vampire by Jody Scott
270
Marilyn Monroe Photograph by Bert Stern
272
Virginia Woolf Episodes
273
Murphy Brown and Virginia Woolf from Murphy Brown
281
Index
337
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1999)

Brenda R. Silver is professor of English at Dartmouth College.

Bibliographic information