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ERIC Number: ED357383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 13
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Humor As a Weapon in Virginia Woolf's "Orlando."
Hackett, Robin
Virginia Woolf's "Orlando" is an excellent example of mock biography to use in literature classes concerned with analyzing literary genres. Woolf used humor to undermine some conventions of the genre of biography and to reform biography into a shape adequate to express the life of Vita Sackville-West. An ordinary biography most likely would have to position Vita as man or woman, tragic or comic. Woolf's mock biography, however, more uncertain than it is certain, more hyperbolic than it is realistic, is the story of a man/woman's four hundred years full of gender changes, cross-dressing, lovers of both sexes, and a court case to determine her sex. It tells broad diverse tragi-comic truths about Vita that more ordinary biography might have been incapable of embracing. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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