Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf

Modernism, Literature and the Feminist PerspectiveSlide2

Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell, c.1912Slide3

The Stephen Family in 1894Slide4

Bloomsbury YearsSlide6

Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, and John Maynard KeynesSlide7

Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell, 1912 Slide8

Woolf and the

Dreadnought hoax


Virginia and Leonard Woolf Slide11

Poster for the first Post-Impressionist exhibition, London, 1910Slide12

Roger Fry, self-portrait

Woolf’s biography of Roger Fry,

The Hogarth Press, 1940





A Room of One’s Own


a man's figure


to intercept me

. Nor did I at first understand that the gesticulations of a curious-looking object, in a cut-away coat and evening shirt, were aimed at me. His face expressed horror and indignation. Instinct rather than reason came to my help; he was a Beadle;

I was a woman

. This was the turf; there was the path. Only Fellows and Scholars are allowed here;

the gravel is the place for me



only charge I could bring against the Fellows and Scholars of whatever the college might happen to be was that in the protection of their turf, which has been rolled for 300 years in succession,


had sent

my little fish into



A Room of One’s Own

but here I was actually at the door which leads into the library itself. I must have opened it, for instantly there issued,

like a guardian angel

barring the way with a flutter of black gown instead of white wings, a deprecating, silvery,

kindly gentleman

, who regretted in a low voice as he waved me back that ladies are only admitted to the library if accompanied by a Fellow of the College or furnished with a letter of introduction.Slide16

A Room of One’s Own

When, however, one reads of a


being ducked

, of a

woman possessed by devils

, of a

wise woman selling herbs

, or even of a very remarkable man who had

a mother

, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily


who dashed her brains out on the moor or mopped and mowed about the highways crazed with the torture that her gift had put her to. Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without singing them, was often a woman. Slide17

Modernism in Literature

Rejection of tradition

, Victorian values


: Fragmented, non-representational, anti-realist




and sense of progress




: stream of consciousness, interior monologue,


Modernism in Literature

Themes related to the psyche

: self-alienation, self-reflexivity, emancipation, representation of human subjectivity

Making art equivalent to life

Challenging, unsettling and discomforting


on readerSlide19

Woolf’s Innovation

Experimental story telling

Use of Stream of Consciousness

Use of historical past and its renewalSlide20

Stream of Consciousness



century narrative mode

Expresses flow of character’s thoughts and emotions

Like being inside the character’s mindSlide21

Stream of ConsciousnessSlide22

Stream of Consciousness

“What a lark! What a plunge! For so it always seemed to me when, with a little squeak of the hinges, which I can hear now, I burst open the French windows and plunged at


into the open air. How fresh, how calm, stiller than this of course, the air was in the early morning; like the flap of a wave; the kiss of a wave; chill and sharp and yet (for a girl of eighteen as I then was) solemn, feeling as I did, standing there at the open window, that something awful was about to happen …”Slide23


She had the oddest sense of being herself invisible; unseen; unknown; there being no more marrying, no more having of children now, but only this astonishing and rather solemn progress with the rest of them, up Bond Street, this being


Dalloway; not even Clarissa any more; this being


Richard Dalloway


… ‘That is all,’ she said, looking at the fishmonger’s. ‘That’s all,’ she repeated, pausing for a moment at the window of a glove show where, before the War, you could buy almost perfect gloves…