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  • 1. Writing Style of Virginia Woolf
  • 2. As one of the most prominent literary figures of the 20thC,she is widely admired for her technical innovations in the novel , most notably her development of narrative subjectivity . —— 《 Virginia Woolf : Her writing of silence in To The Lighthouse 》 CNKI General Introduction
  • 3. Rejecting the boundaries of traditional European narrative form, ( what she called the “materialism” novelists ) which she believes had become too artificial and restrictive for increasingly poetic, impressio‘nistic (印象派的,印象主义的) renderings (演绎) of life, Woolf is constantly attempting to produce the novels in her own distinctive narrative style. —— 《 Virginia Woolf : Her writing of silence in To The Lighthouse 》 CNKI
  • 4. She is…
    • Modernist
    • Feminist
    • Bloomsbury Group‎
    • Follow the inner lives and musings/meditations of her characters
    • Probe into mind of people
    • Values of love and beauty: preeminent/outstanding
  • 5. Traditional novel VS Modern novel
    • An entertainment for after-dinner reading
    • Su’perfluous 多余的 things
    • Moralizing the dear reader
    • Presenting only one-sided view of life
    • Plot
    • Character (externals of personality)
    • Evolved as a serious art form
    • Compact in body, integrated in form
    • Em’bodies the writer’s philosophy of life, view of the world
    • Deals with all facts of contemporary life pleasant as well as the unpleasant
    • David Daiches”The Plot seems to have died out of the modern novel.””a story without ending”
    • In’ternal
    Modern psychological theory: Life is not regarded as a continuous flow, but as a series of separate and successive moments. Modern writers: Probe deeper and deeper into the human consciousness and move so freely backward and forward in time that the unity and place has no meaning or significance for them.
  • 6.
    • The stream of consciousness
    • 《 The Mark on the Wall 》 《 To the Lighthouse 》
    • Poetic presentational techniques
    • 《 To the Lighthouse 》
    • The formal use of silence
    • 《 To the Lighthouse 》
    Style
  • 7. The stream of consciousness
    • Every definite image in the mind is stepped and dyed 染色 in the free water that flows round it.The significance,the value of the image is all in this halo 晕 or penumbra 半明半暗之处,边缘部分 that surrounds and ‘escorts it.Consciousness,then,does not appear to itself chopped up in bits.Such word as”chains”or”trains”do not describe it fitly as it presents itself in the first instance…It is nothing jointed;it flows.A’river’or a’stream’is the better metaphor by which it is most naturally described.In talking of it hereafter 将来,来世 ,let us call it the steam of thought,of consciousness,or of subjective life.
    • William James The Principle of Psychology(1950)
  • 8. The stream of consciousness
    • to describe the unbroken flow of thought and awareness in the waking mind; it has since been adopted to describe a narrative method in modern fiction. Long passages of introspection ( 反省 ), describing in some detail what passes through a character’s mind
    • the continuous flow of a character’s mental process, in which sense perceptions mingle with conscious and half-conscious thoughts, memories, expectations, feelings, and random (任意的,随机的) associations
  • 9. Stream of consciousness (narrative mode)
    • In literary criticism , stream of consciousness is a narrative mode that seeks to por’tray an individual’s point of view by giving the written equivalent (等价物) of the character‘s thought processes, either in a loose interior 内部的 monologue , or in connection to his or her actions. The introduction of the term to describe literature—transferred from psychology—is attributed to May Sinclair , and is mostly a dead metaphor .
    • --- Wikipedia
  • 10. Features
    • Stream-of-consciousness writing is usually regarded as a special form of interior monologue and is characterized by associative leaps in syntax and punctuation that can make the prose 散文 difficult to follow, tracing a character's fragmentary thoughts and sensory feelings.
  • 11.
    • Stream of consciousness and interior monologue are distinguished from dramatic monologue , where the speaker is addressing an audience or a third person, and is used chiefly in poetry or drama . In stream of consciousness, the speaker’s thought processes are more often depicted 描绘 as overheard 无意中听到 in the mind (or addressed to oneself) and is primarily a fictional device.
  • 12. Her special features
    • Characters: not many; major roles, generally female, usu. mother Mrs. Dalloway Orlando
    • Various ways to depict the inner world of characters: symbolism, miniaturism( 缩影 ),imagery, metaphor…
    • Poetic, fluent To the Lighthouse
    • www.baidu.com 意识流小说
  • 13.
    • 人物意识的流转方式多姿多彩。有限定于同一个人物的“单独型”(《墙上的斑点》《雅各布的房间》),有多种意识流混杂的“交叉型”(《达洛卫夫人》),有以一种意识流为纽带的“放射型”(《到灯塔去》),也有多股意识保持分流的“平行型”(《海浪》)。
    • www.baidu.com 意识流小说
  • 14. Poetic presentational techniques
    • Virginia Woolf, is a poet in nature who produces pro’lific 多产的 fictions.---E. M. Foster
    • She uses a variety of techniques including images, metaphor, and symbol to fulfill her poetic fiction theory.
    • The fiction is not only to be just poetic, but a long “psychological poem”.
  • 15. The formal use of silence
    • lead her to create new representations of mind and self.
    • Traditionally: an absence in life
    • Woolf’s novels: as a presence, infused 注入 with a new psychic and narrative life.
  • 16.
    • Different types of silence
    • Her thematic and philosophical expression of silence, possesses the inherent complexities of her many themes, reveals her modernistic ideas about novel, vision of gender ,particularly, of women ,a worldview, and also her notion of language to express silence.