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Virginia Woolf and the Poetry of Fiction

ISBN 9780815359531
Published February 21, 2020 by Routledge
198 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1990, Virginia Woolf and the Poetry of Fiction, provides a stylistic study of the fiction of Virginia Woolf. The book examines what is generally described as a ‘traditional novel’, examining such works as Jacob’s Room, and the way in which meaning is nonetheless conveyed poetically. The book argues that her early novels, are shown to contain writing of considerable sophistication and maturity and how her major works of fiction are approached in a more specific way: Mrs Dalloway through its poetic rhythms, To the Lighthouse as a multi-perspectival exploration of a reality embodied in a single image, and The Waves as a play-poem.

Table of Contents


A Note on the Texts


1. Symbolic Intrusions in The Voyage Out

2. ‘Shaping Fantasies’ in Night and Day

3. The Poetic Narrative of Jacobs Room

4. The Rhythmic Order of Mrs Dalloway

5. To the Lighthouse: An Elegy

6. The Waves: A Playpoem

7. The ‘Pure Poetry’ of Between the Acts

Selected Bibliography


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