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Studies have linked Woolf’s experience to medical treatment at that period, as characterized by the suffering of Septimus Smith, the traumatized veteran in Mrs. Dalloway (1925). 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).
The sister was necessarily the mistress of the household, and thus began Woolf’s history of difficulty with servants: Sophie Farrell, who had come from Hyde Park Gate, and Nellie Boxall. When Woolf declared of modernism in “Character in Fiction” (1924): “on or about December 1910, human character changed” (Woolf 1988: 421), she anticipated the TV serials Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey in the matter of servants and houses. And this declaration refers to the era of Fitzroy Square. In “Character in Fiction,” Woolf marked the social upheaval since 1910 in “the character of one’s cook,” perhaps thinking of her own contest of wills with Nellie Boxall (Light 2008: 168– 171): the Victorian cook was a monster in the “lower depths”; the Georgian is on free terms with the residents of upper floors.
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