- 저자 : 손영주 - 조회수 : 874 - Download : 45
- 참 조 : 영미문학페미니즘 제22권 2호(2014)
- 논문 받기 : 04_손영주_편집.pdf (902.5 KB),
When Virginia Woolf writes, "thinking is my fighting" in her diary in 1940, her assertion of thinking as a kind of action is not a metaphor or a hasty negation of the distinction between thinking and action. Rather, it derives from a daunting reconceptualization of the questions of reality and possibility, anticipating Giorgio Agamben's philosophy of potentiality. Challenging the age-old prioritization of actuality over possibility in Western philosophy, Agamben seeks to redefine the latter as something that exceeds and survives historical realization by locating language, thing, Being as well as thinking itself in the realm of potentiality. At the heart of Woolf's feminist, pacifist, and anti-totalitarian politics lies such a radical rethinking of potentiality－a way of thinking that brings the contingent into view. The seemingly apolitical stories and essays, such as "The Mark on the Wall," "Solid Objects," "Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown," and "Craftsmanship," demonstrate that Woolf's feminism embodied in her famous expression "Shakespeare's sister" is profoundly entwined with her insight into beings and things in terms of potentiality. Woolf's thinking is a kind of action in that it constantly seeks to think the possible into existence while being wary of its own process, which is ironically in danger of subordinating itself to its own object in its tendency to privilegethe actual over the possible.
Key Words : Virginia Woolf, Giorgio Agamben, feminism, potentiality,thinking, being, thing, language