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Virginia Woolf

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orlando-virginia-woolfOrlandoAristocratic male-turned-female;lives for centuriesSashaRussian princess; captures male Orlandos heartShelFemale Orlandos husband and soul mateNick GreeneCrotchety poet admired by OrlandoHarryArchduchess-turned-archduke; pines for OrlandoFriendshipRomantic relationshipMain CharactersNarrator, Chapter 3 he change of sex, although it altered their future, did nothing whatever to alter their identity.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Smith College Libraries, Virginia Woolf SocietyCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.With her visionary stream-of-consciousness writing style and focus on the philosophical and political, Woolf established herself as a leader of the early 20th-century modernist movement. Orlando is a mock biography based on the family of her lover, English poet Vita Sackville-West.VIRGINIA WOOLF1882–1941AuthorOrlandoby the NumbersCopies of the novel in the first printing, 800 of which Woolf signedYear Orlandos narrative ends—and when the novel was publishedBedrooms in Orlandos homeStaircases in Orlandos home528611928365ThemesFutility of ConformityOrlando takes great pains to conform to each era, finallyrealizing true happiness is found within.Gender & IdentitySociety emphasizes gender differences, but there are no internal differences between men and women.NatureOrlando reveres nature as God but cannot adequately capture its beauty in words.Orlando is the fictional biography of an English aristocrat who begins life as a male before suddenly—and inexplicably—turning into a female. Stretching across more than three centuries, Orlandos unconventional life is an exploration of gender norms, societal expectations, and the desire to stay true to oneself.The Self Is Neither He Nor SheOVERVIEWChapter 1Lustful Elizabethan courtierChapter 3Ambassador to Constantinople; female gypsyDisgraced noble living in solitudeChapter 2Chapter 4Externally female; internally the same as beforeNatures (and Shels) brideChapter 5Chapter 6Published author and motherGeorgian era(17141830)Elizabethan era(ends 1603)Stuart period(16031714)Modern era(190128)Victorian era(18371901)Virginia Woolf1928EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageOrlandoSatire

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