and the Ambiguities of Domestic Space
Tone Selboe, UNIVERSITY OF OSLO
In 1904 Virginia Stephen (later Woolf) and her sister Vanessa moved from their childhood home 22 Hyde Park Gate to 46 Gordon Square in Bloomsbury, where they set up house with their two brothers, Thoby and Adrian. Their new address became the centre of the circle of people known as the Bloomsbury group. Woolf’s autobiographical texts give a vivid picture of what the change of address involved. Two of those texts, “22 Hyde Park Gate” and “Old Bloomsbury”, were written in the years 1920–22; while the third, “Sketch of the Past”, was written between April 1939 and November 1940, only a few months before she died.1
In this article I investigate the role of domestic space in Woolf’s œuvre. “Space” is a common denominator for different aspects of Woolf’s work: in terms of the argument I am making, it concerns specific rooms and domestic ar-
1 All of the quotations from these three texts are from Moments of Being: Autobiographical Writings, ed. Jeanne Schulkind, 2002.