LIFE·Born in London from a highly intellectual family: father critic and philosopher.·After her fathers death she lived in Bloomsbury with her brothers and sisters.·Brother Toby died in 1906 -- mental breakdown·Periods of depression and mental illness·1912 married essayst and journalist Leonard Woolf·1917 founded the Hogarth Press with her husband·March 1941 she drowned herself in a river near her home in Sussex
WORKS·1915 The Voyage out·1919 Night and Day·1925 Mrs Dalloway·1927 To the Lighthouse·1928 Orlando·1931 The Waves·1941 Between the ActsCRITICAL WORKS·1925-32 The Common Reader·1929 A Room of Ones Own
Vanessa Bell 1912As part of the post-impressionistexperiment, Bell here blurs the facialfeatures of her sister to highten thesense of intimacy
By Duncan Grant.Vanessa is shown seated in the GardenRoom at Charleston. The portrait conveysthe light, heat and ease of a summer day.
THE BLOOMSBURY GROUP·A group of artists and intellectuals·unconventional ideas·anticonformist attitudes·the best known members included Virginia Woolf,John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster and LyttonStrachey.What was the Bloomsbury group ?
MOMENTS OF BEING·Moments of intensity, perception or vision which illuminate our lives.·In "The Common Reader" Woolf described the task of the writer: to representmental processes as they take place.·To do so she used indirect interior monologue.·She takes the point of view of the characters speaking from "within" theirminds, showing their thoughts, feelings and sensations as they occur.·Nevertheless, there is still the occasional presence of a narrator who, howeverinvisible, gives some order to the characters thoughts by arranging them inlogical and grammatical sequence.·Woolf is intersted in the impressions of the characters who experience theevents, not in the events.·She is particularly interested in female subjectivity.(heroine to many feminists)
MRS DALLOWAY 1925·The events of a single day in central London·Clarissa Dalloway, the 51-year-old wife of a politicianleaves home in the morning to buy flowers for the party she has organized for theevening·Her changing moods and memories interwave with the sights and the sounds ofthe city.·We see her through the eyes and thoughts of other characters.·Her day is contrasted with that of Septimus Smith a disturbed, shell shocked warveteran.·News of his death intrudes upon Clarissas party.
FEATURES AND THEMES·Clarissas interior monologue is interwoven with the sights and sounds of the city.·Woolf portrays interior time in contrast with cronological time.·The delated quality of Clarissas interior time is interrupted by the chimes of Big Ben.·Clarissas trajectory towards the flower shop is interrupted by the tunnels that open up in hermind which throw her into the depths of the past and the uncertain ground of the future.
CLARISSA AND SEPTIMUS·The Characters of Clarissa and Septimus are mutually dependent: MrsDalloway seeing the truth. Septimus Smith seeing the insane truth.·Like Clarissa, Septimus moves about London and the chaos of his mindmerges with the physical act of walking but he is unable to hold together all thethreads of experience and sensation that invade his mind