10-6 lecture Woolf

10-6 lecture Woolf - We left off last time talking about...

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We left off last time talking about the way the narrative works in Mrs Dalloway to create a portrait that is both a portrait of Clarissa and a portrait of London at this time, this moment, June 20, 1923 (we know this from internal evidence). Woolf foregrounds for us the relation to the Great War of this moment: “For it was the middle of June. The War was over….” (5) --But this is 4 ½ years after the end of the war (ended 1918) --so clear to us at the outset that the War is not really over --touchstone in people’s minds (even as they reassure themselves) --absences still remarked --ceremonies commemorate survival—and deaths --aftereffects still present, though denied For Clarissa, the memory of the war summons up the image of Lady Bexborough, and her perfect self-containment (5)—and this is going to be important, because, as we see, Lady Bexborough is her image of all she (in one mood) wishes she herself could be (10). This is merely one example of how the portrait of Clarissa is inseparable from other people --Clarissa is the sum of her interactions and memories, of those experiences she shares with others as well as those she
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holds separate --this is something that, as we discussed last time, Woolf enacts in her writing by slipping from one mind to another: (this is a single
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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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10-6 lecture Woolf - We left off last time talking about...

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