Virginia Woolf's Ethics of the Short Story aims at a synthetic appraisal of Woolf's short stories as a space of encounter and a site of resistance. It throws a new light on Woolf's short stories as foregrounding the ethical as well as the political and the aesthetic and shows how they participate fully in her creative process.
This book aims at a unique synthetic appraisal and revaluation of Virginia Woolf's short stories. Confronting the author's essays on the short story with her practice, it shows how Woolf rejuvenates the genre of the short story and redefines it as a new form of conversation: a paradoxical and dynamic space, a space of encounter between the self and the other, a locus of emotion and a site of resistance against all forms of political and literary totality. This throws a new light on Woolf's short stories as foregrounding the ethical - a field hardly charted in studies of Woolf's short stories - as well as its intertwining with the political and the aesthetic. Set within the author's whole work which is seen as an open space favouring circulation, Woolf's short stories, far from being marginal and merely experimental, emerge as participating fully in Woolf's creative process and aesthetic quest.
List of Abbreviations Introduction Woolf's Definition of the Short Story Woolf's Short Stories as a Paradoxical and Dynamic Space Conversation, Emotion and Ethics or the Short Story as Conversation Woolf's Ethics of Reading and Writing Woolf's Short Story as a Site of Resistance Conclusion Index