Transformative Impetus: A Look at Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts.

  • Genevieve Sartor University of Edinburgh


Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts (1941) works against the grain of understanding human subjectivity and its relationship with environment as mechanistic, primarily anthropocentric or teleological. It puts forth worlds that crisscross boundaries between nature and culture, the human and the animal. This essay explores the ways in which Woolf’s portrayal of a decentralized, temporal relativity finds voice through principles of co-evolution and complexity theory, highlighting the co-dependency operating within evolutionary development as a transformative impetus.

Author Biography

Genevieve Sartor, University of Edinburgh
Genevieve Sartor is currently a master’s by research student in Critical Theory at the University of Edinburgh. Before coming to Edinburgh, she completed a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Philosophy at Concordia University, Montreal. Her current research is exploring the work of psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan alongside concepts of co-evolution, psychogeography and complex systems theory.
How to Cite
Sartor, Genevieve. 2013. “Transformative Impetus: A Look at Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts.”. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 16 (June), 1 -11.