• Bullied Young Women, Virginia Woolf's Sex Japes, and Modernist Sociability in the Time of #MeToo

    Author(s):
    Andrea Zemgulys (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English
    Subject(s):
    Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941, Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892, MeToo movement, Actors, Costume, Terry, Ellen, Dame, 1847-1928, Garnett, Angelica, Satire, Riviere, Joan, 1883-1962, Bloomsbury group
    Item Type:
    Blog Post
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/nsvt-6421
    Abstract:
    Salacious rumors about Alfred Tennyson's conduct with young women inspired Virginia Woolf's satirical depiction of Tennyson and Ellen Terry in her draft and produced play -Freshwater.- In considering whether Woolf's satire silences the whispers of Victorian women and/or corrects salacious rumor-mongering, this essay decides that the play more certainly harmed Woolf's teen niece, Angelica Bell, who played the role of Ellen Terry for the entertainment of adults, and offers that features of modernism writ large (sexually-progressive artists' circles and economic-libidinal understandings of social life, with reference to psychoanalyst Joan Riviere's "Women as Masquerade") invigorated harmful customs of sociability that are now being brought to critical attention by #MeToo. Posted on the "Orientations" forum of Modernism/modernity Print+, the essay frames its content with the perspective of a feminist scholar and instructor.
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    10 months ago
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