10-11 lecture Woolf

10-11 lecture Woolf - At the end of the last lecture, I...

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At the end of the last lecture, I began to lay out for you some of the difficulties we see in Mrs Dalloway regarding the position of men in this 1920s post-war London, what men have been expected to do, and where following those expectations have gotten them --obviously similar expectations have governed women— we’ve seen the choices that Clarissa herself made growing up, choices that followed the expectations of convention --but in the wake of a war the restrictions of male gender roles are shown in a much grimmer light --as we’ll discuss today, Woolf seems to tie those restrictions to the war itself, and to the various modes of denial and paralysis that mark the city [Now, I realize that in the last two lectures I’ve talked a lot about connection —the way that Clarissa glimpses connection between people, the way that Woolf herself enacts this connection in her writing—but today I’m going to focus on the forces that impede that connection just as they impede change, and impede the full development, the full life , of the characters. --in Woolf, remember, you always get both sides, you always get complexity (“She would not say of any one in the world now that they were this or were that.”) --oscillation between ideas, states --Clarissa both the “proper hostess” (product of
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training, “Mrs. Richard Dalloway”) and something more that glimmers through In this way you get BOTH social critique AND the sense of what life should be, and IS at certain “moments of being”— connection, potential OK, so how do we see this suppression and potential playing out in the male characters? This is the first section of the book where we actually lay eyes on Richard Dalloway, Clarissa’s husband, and also spend some time inside his head. What is he like? We know much less about him than about Clarissa or Septimus or
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course ENGL 283 taught by Professor Geiskes during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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