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Literature Notes Virginia Woolf: Known for stream of consciousness writing Did not go to school: learned Latin and Greek from father Mother: Julia Duckworth Stephen; beautiful, perfect hostess, died young Father: Leslie Stephen; brilliant, moneymaker, expected sympathy Typical Victorian family Vanessa (Bell) and Virginia moved in with brothers, joined Omega Group Woolf married Leonard Woolf (first offered marriage by Lytton Strachey) Interested in “new biography” creates biographer that follows Orlando; shows that biographers are using imperfect information Nick Greene: composite of professional Renaissance writer Renaissance: (1500-1639) Art moving from sacred to secular; highly structured literary forms (the sonnet); Shakespeare, Sidney; idea of patrons Reformation : (1639-1660) Integration of the imaginative, intellectual, spiritual Paradise Lost (Milton); skipped over in Orlando Restoration (1660) restoring King Charles II to the throne Englightenment: (1660-1789) Age of satire: Pope, Swift Rise of the Middle Class and the novel with it; reflection of social and personal life; dethrones poetry as most prestigious form of literature Romantic: (1789-1830) Shift in emphasis from intellectual to emotional Skipped over in Orlando , doesn’t conform with Woolf’s thesis (juxtaposition of 18 th and 19 th centuries) Revolt against reforms about Enlightenment Victorian: (1837-1901) Disillusionment with Industrial Revolution, Romanticism, organized religion, etc.

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