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Virginia Woolf

Flush: A Biography

Flush: A Biography, an imaginative biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's cocker spaniel, is a cross-genre blend of fiction and nonfiction.
Commonly read as a modernist consideration of city life seen through the eyes of a dog, Flush serves as a harsh criticism of the supposedly unnatural ways of living in the city. The figure of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the text is often read as an analogue for other female intellectuals, like Woolf herself, who suffered from illness, feigned or real, as a part of their status as female writers. Most insightful and experimental are Woolf’s emotional and philosophical views verbalized in Flush’s thoughts. As he spends more time with Barrett Browning, Flush becomes emotionally and spiritually connected to the poetess and both begin to understand each other despite their language barriers. For Flush smell is poetry, but for Barrett Browning, poetry is impossible without words. In Flush Woolf examines the barriers that exist between woman and animal created by language yet overcome through symbolic actions.
120 printed pages
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  • Angie Mshared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading


  • Debora Salamancahas quoted10 months ago
    cómplice de sus amoríos con el poeta Robert Browning.
  • Angie Mhas quoted4 years ago
    Ahora conoció Flush lo que los hombres nunca podrán conocer: el amor puro, sencillo, completo; el amor que no arrastra consigo tribulaciones, que no se avergüenza ni siente remordimientos, que viene y se va como llega la abeja a la flor y al instante la deja… Hoy la flor es una rosa, mañana un lirio; ahora es un cardo silvestre, luego será la suntuosa orquídea de un invernadero.
  • Angie Mhas quoted4 years ago
    Y Flush, para quien todos los caminos del mundo estaban abiertos, prefirió renunciar a todos los olores de la calle Wimpole, con tal de permanecer a su lado.

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