Religion, Secularism, and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf
  • Author : Kristina K. Groover
  • Release Date : 13 December 2019
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Genre : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 13 : 9783030325688

Download or read book entitled Religion, Secularism, and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf written by Kristina K. Groover and published by Springer Nature online. This book was released on 13 December 2019 with total pages 214. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Religion, Secularism, and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf offers an expansive interdisciplinary study of spirituality in Virginia Woolf's writing, drawing on theology, psychology, geography, history, gender and sexuality studies, and other critical fields. The essays in this collection interrogate conventional approaches to the spiritual, and to Woolf’s work, while contributing to a larger critical reappraisal of modernism, religion, and secularism. While Woolf’s atheism and her sharp criticism of religion have become critical commonplaces, her sometimes withering critique of religion conflicts with what might well be called a religious sensibility in her work. The essays collected here take up a challenge posed by Woolf herself: how to understand her persistent use of religious language, her representation of deeply mysterious human experiences, and her recurrent questions about life's meaning in light of her disparaging attitude toward religion. These essays argue that Woolf's writing reframes and reclaims the spiritual in alternate forms; she strives to find new language for those numinous experiences that remain after the death of God has been pronounced.