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Virginia Woolf

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paola baron

on 22 October 2012

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Transcript of Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf Features of her Novels Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. Virginia's father, Sir Leslie Stephen (1832–1904), was a notable historian, author, critic and mountaineer. He was the editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, a work that would influence Woolf's later experimental biographies. Virginia's mother Julia Stephen (1846–1895) was a renowned beauty, born in India to Dr. John and Maria Pattle Jackson. She was also the niece of Julia Margaret Cameron née Pattle, the famous photographer. Julia moved to England with her mother, where she served as a model for Pre-Raphaelite painters such as Edward Burne-Jones. 1882 1912 1904 Born in London she was educated by her parents in their literate and well-connected household at 22 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington. Virginia Woolf"s childhood home on Hyde Park Gate, Kensington. The death of her father in 1904 provoked her most alarming collapse and she was briefly institutionalized Although she was married to Leonard Woolf from 1912 until her death in 1941, some of Virginia’s strongest romantic ties were with women. 1917 With her husband she founded the Hogarth Press which became the first to publish Sigmund Freud in English (this greatly inspired Woolf). The Hogarth Press also published T.S.Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Maxim Gorky and all Woolf's writings. 1941 At the onset of another mental breakdown, which she feared would be permanent, Virginia Woolf filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in the River Ouse near her home leaving the following suicide note for her husband and sister. HER WORKS NOVELS ESSAYS HER LIFE STYLE TECHNIQUE THEMES Through her delicate analysis we know her characters from the inside, knowing the inner workings of the mind. Emphasis on incident, external description and straightforward narrative.
Character presentation by "The Stream of Consciousness" Method. She never solved the problem of the ultimate meaning in life, for her novels give no solution. For her the realities were inward and spiritual rather than outward and material: so the elusiveness of these inner realities is the recurrent THEME of her novels. (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr Her characters are seen in search of them with profound insight. ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES Previously undreamed-of possibilities for the analysis of mental states. Great demands on the reader, dangers of incoherence and mere virtuosity , lack of logical time sequence and temptation to go into the detail. Virginia Woolf's keen mind and artistic sense enable her to weld the parts into a unified artistic whole She has a great gift for lyrical exposition CHARACTERS Her range of characters is small. She was unable to portray anyone who did not share her own unusual qualities. It is in her prose style that her
poetic qualities are most clearly seen.
She uses words with a keen sense of their rhythmic and musical potentialities.
Her style is richly figurative and the precision of her images is in keeping with the accuracy and delicacy of her character analysis.
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