Orlando: A Biography | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Susan M. Squier

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of Orlando: A Biography.
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Critical Essay by Susan M. Squier

SOURCE: "Tradition and Revision in Woolf's Orlando: Defoe and 'The Jessamy Brides'," in Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2,1986, pp. 167-77.

In the following excerpt, Squier analyzes Orlando as Woolf's challenge to the tradition of realistic novels initiated by Daniel Defoe.

On March 14, 1927 Virginia Woolf recorded in her diary the symptoms of an "extremely mysterious process … the conception last night between 12 & one of a new book."

I sketched the possibilities which an unattractive woman, penniless, alone, might yet bring into being… It struck me, vaguely, that I might write a Defoe narrative for fun. Suddenly between twelve & one I conceived a whole fantasy to be called "The Jessamy Brides"—why, I wonder?… No attempt is to be made to realise the character...

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