This icoclastic study compares the lives and works of Virginia Woolf and her Quaker aunt, Caroline Stephen, to suggest that Woolf was more deeply influenced by a sense of mysticism than she was by her father's atheism. Anyone interested in Woolf, Quaker studies, British Modernism, Christianity, and women's studies would find much here to challenge assumptions.
Kathleen A. Heininge received her Master's Degree from California State University East Bay and her Doctorate from University of California at Davis, both in English literature. She is presently Professor of English at George Fox University in Oregon. Her previous publications include her book, Buffoonery in Irish Drama: Staging Twentieth-Century Post-Colonial Stereotypes (Lang, 2009).