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Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)

Related: 1882 - modernist literature - British literature

Bibliography: The Intellectuals and the Masses (1992) - John Carey

Her character is featured in: The Hours (2002)


Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 - March 28, 1941) was a British author and feminist. Between the world wars, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury group. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Woolf [Oct 2004]

Cinematic metaphors in Woolf's To the Lighthouse

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To the Lighthouse (1927) - Virginia Woolf
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Cinematic metaphors in the Time Passes section:

Emotional dynamics (aesthetic and personal) intrigued Woolf as she worked on this section. On October 30, 1926 her diary noted "I am the usual battlefield of emotions ... plod with some method revising To the Lighthouse" and employed a suggestive cinematic metaphor: "All these things shoulder each other out across the screen of my mind" (D3 114). A letter to Vita on November 19, 1926 illuminates Woolf's personal strategies for working through emotion; in a response to an unspecified charge by Vita, Woolf explained: "But dont you see, donkey West, that you'll be tired of me one of these days (I'm so much older) and so I have to take my little precautions. Thats why I put the emphasis on |recording' rather than feeling" (L3 302). This personal protective device of deflecting feeling by "recording" certainly parallels the technical device of employing the dispassionate |recording' of the objective camera to deflect sentimentality which Woolf used in the revision of the "Time Passes" section. Creating the illusion of distancing the text from the subject, the cinematic technique helped Woolf to address the complex and vital issues at the core of her revision of To The Lighthouse. --Criticism, Wntr, 1993 by Leslie Kathleen Hankins

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