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Strachey and others debunked the pieties or public relations of family-sponsored commemorations. Crucially, women, people of all classes and walks of life, and everyday experience were coming into focus as well. Woolf’s version of fresh, vital biography for the new age resembles her father’s principles for good biography, with the crucial difference that the subject might be obscure or female. Biography should be neither weighted down with fact nor idealized, but honed to essential moments of being.
Household Gods: The British and Their Possessions. New Haven: Yale University Press. Lee, Hermione. 2009. Biography: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Silver, Brenda R. 1999. Virginia Woolf Icon. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Woolf, Virginia. 2003. Carlyle’s House and Other Sketches, ed. David Bradshaw. London: Hesperus Press. 2 The Short Fiction Laura Marcus Critical engagement with the short story as a genre has been steadily growing in recent years, driven in part by a new understanding of the centrality of the short story form to modernist literature, as it emerged out of the writing and culture of the late nineteenth century.
Biographical approaches help us to situate an author in relation to cultural history. Instead of the psychological and sexual concerns, many studies have drawn on evidence that associates Woolf with her era. By the 1980s, some regarded her as a political pioneer, focusing on the feminist classics A Room of One’s Own (1929) and Three Guineas (1937) and on her involvement in campaigns for women’s suffrage and education for working people, as well as the fact that that she and Leonard Woolf attended conferences and held meetings of the Labour Party (Light 2008: 239).