Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; Part I. Eclipse: 2. Virginia Woolf: heliotropics, subjectivity and feminism; 3. The astonishing moment; 4. The amusing game; 5. The gathering crowd; 6. The chasing of the sun and the victory of the colours; 7. Elegiacs: capsizing light and returning colour; 8. The death of the sun and the return of the fish; Part II. Prismatics: 9. Post-Impressionism: the explosion of colour; 10. Romantic to Classic: Post-Impressionist theories from 1910 to 1912; 11. The new prismatics: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and English Post-Impressionism; 12. 'Her pictures stand for something': Woolf's forewords to Bell's paintings; 13. To the Lighthouse: purple triangle and green shawl; 14. The Waves: purple buttons and white foam; 15. Conclusion; Notes; Index.
Jane Goldman offers a revisionary, feminist reading of Woolf's work.
'In this innovative and important book, Jane Goldman argues that for Virginia Woolf, aesthetic concerns (with colour in particular) were inseparable from political and especially feminist concerns. Jane Goldman's book is essential reading not only for readers of Woolf, but also for those interested more generally in modernism and aesthetics.' Suzanne Raitt