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v. 4 n. 1 (2022)

Queer Ecology in the Forests of Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out

February 5, 2022


From the South American forest of The Voyage Out (1915) onward across her writing career, Virginia Woolf performs the forest as a queer site of slippage through time and into the unknowable space within both the self and the natural world. Several scholars have published on Woolf’s forests, and other scholars engage her ecological ethics, but few intersect both ecological and queer theories. This article will illuminate this research gap by exploring Woolf’s forests through queer ecology. Here, forests hold space for the play of relational, nonlinear, and multivalent nonhuman identities charged with reclamation and loss. Thus, studying Woolf’s forests in The Voyage Out provides pathways for ethical trans-species engagement essential in our time of rising ecological crisis.


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