Virginia Woolf: pensiero e stile

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Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf was born in London in 1882.

Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen was a literary critic and her mother came from an aristocratic background. The economic and social condition of his family had a great influence on her approach to writing. When Virginia was 13, the death of her mother, and subsequently of her sister, evoked a nervous breakdown. This is the beginning of her mental instability, manifested with migraine and phantom voices in her head.
After the death of his father, she moved to Bloomsbury, where she founded a circle of intellectuals know as “Bloomsbury Group”.
In 1915 she published her first novel, The Vojage Out.
In 1919 she published her masterpieces, “Mrs Dalloway”, “The Lighthouse”, “Orlando”, “The Waves”.
Virginia Woolf died, drowning herself in the River Ouse in 1915.

La vedova e il pappagallo di Woolf: trama e analisi


Reading Woolf's novels we have the feeling of entering characters' inner world.

Time is dilated and a single moment can last for a very long time. This is made through the technique know as indirect interior monologue, used to represent the gap between chronological and interior time.
Rather than follow the linear sequence of events, Woolf is interested in the impressions of the characters in their subjectivity. She's particularly interested with Female Subjectivity which has made her a heroine to many feminists. Woolf doesn't use the traditional narrator who tells us what characters are thinking and feeling, but are the characters themselves that speaking from “within” their minds, showing their thoughts, feeling and sensations. The narrator appears occasionally to gives some order to the character's thoughts.
The differences between Woolf and Joyce are essentially stylistic, in fact Joyce is more interested by treatment of language. The search of new words; instead Woolf is more interested to the characters' mind and about the effects that some situations have on them.

Virginia Woolf: biografia e opere


Moments of being: For Virginia Woolf are moments of high intensity, perception who illuminate character's life.
The action of Mrs Dalloway is limited to the events of a single day in central London. It opens on a June morning as Clarissa Dalloway, the 51-years-old wife of a politician, leaves home to buy some flowers for the party she has organized. During the day, Clarissa is captured in her many changing moods and memories. We also find the thoughts of other characters like Peter Walsh, a man she once loved, who returns unexpectedly after a period on India, her old
friend Sally Secton, her daughter Elizabeth and Lady Burton. Her day is contrasted with Septimus Smith's day, a disturbed, shell-shocked war veteran. His sickness is initially treated by Holmes, n incompetent doctor, and subsequently by a great nerve specialist, William Bradshaw.