"Too inhuman": The Destabilization of Empire in Woolf's The Voyage Out*

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Mary Ann Brosnan Kraftschik

Abstract

Applying Bruno Latour's understanding of Actor-Network Theory (ANT) to Virginia Woolf's novel The Voyage Out, this paper argues that the non-human in the novel consistently act as Latourian mediators, impacting networks as much as, if not more than, the characters in the novel, and ultimately destabilizing the efforts of anthropocentric colonial imperatives. 

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Mary Ann Brosnan Kraftschik, Villanova University

Mary Ann Kraftschik will graduate in May with a M.A. in English Literature. She holds a B.A. in English and Theatre from Pennsylvania State University and teaches middle school English locally. She is currently at work on her field exam, “Feminine Memory in Early Modern Literature,” under the direction of Dr. Lauren Shohet. She would like to thank Dr. Megan Quigley for her encouragement and support on this essay, which arose out of her Modern British fiction course.