Virginia Woolf and the Anthropocene

Peter Adkins (Editor)

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Abstract / Description of output

The first half of the twentieth century was a period of accelerated resource extraction, industrial intensification and tipping points in pollution levels, hastening the emergence of an epoch in which humans are the key drivers of planetary change. Virginia Woolf and the Anthropocene situates Woolf’s oeuvre as an important body of work within the literary history of our new planetary period, showing how her fiction and non-fiction engages with questions around climate change, environmental politics, imperial extractivism, eco-philosophy, species difference, natural history and extinction. Bringing together leading and emergent scholars, this collection recognises Woolf as a writer who was profoundly influenced by ecological and environmental questions throughout her life. It brings to light how Woolf responded to the environmental changes of her time and illuminates how her literary innovations continue to offer compelling ways of imagining the nonhuman and the planetary in our present moment.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9781399516686
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameVirginia Woolf - Variations
PublisherEdinburgh University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Virginia Woolf
  • Modernism
  • Anthropocene
  • environmental humanities
  • literary criticism


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