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The Flight of the Mind

The Flight of the Mind Book
  • Author : Thomas C. Caramagno
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 1992-07-27
  • ISBN : 9780520935129
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

In this major new book on Virginia Woolf, Caramagno contends psychobiography has much to gain from a closer engagement with science. Literary studies of Woolf's life have been written almost exclusively from a psychoanalytic perspective. They portray Woolf as a victim of the Freudian "family romance," reducing her art to a neurotic evasion of a traumatic childhood. But current knowledge about manic-depressive illness—its genetic transmission, its biochemistry, and its effect on brain function—reveals a new relationship between Woolf's art and her illness. Caramagno demonstrates how Woolf used her illness intelligently and creatively in her theories of fiction, of mental functioning, and of self structure. Her novels dramatize her struggle to imagine and master psychic fragmentation. They helped her restore form and value to her own sense of self and lead her readers to an enriched appreciation of the complexity of human consciousness.

Virginia Woolf and the Ethics of Intimacy

Virginia Woolf and the Ethics of Intimacy Book
  • Author : Elsa Högberg
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2020-02-06
  • ISBN : 1350022721
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Revisiting Virginia Woolf's most experimental novels, Elsa Högberg explores how Woolf's writing prompts us to re-examine the meaning of intimacy. In Högberg's readings of Jacob's Room, Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and The Waves, intimacy is revealed to inhere not just in close relations with the ones we know and love, but primarily within those unsettling encounters which suspend our comfortable sense of ourselves as separate from others and the world around us. Virginia Woolf and the Ethics of Intimacy locates this radical notion of intimacy at the heart of Woolf's introspective, modernist poetics as well as her ethical and political resistance to violence, aggressive nationalism and fascism. Engaging contemporary theory – particularly the more recent works of Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva – it reads Woolf as a writer and ethical thinker whose vital contribution to the modernist scene of inter-war Britain is strikingly relevant to critical debates around intimacy, affect, violence and vulnerability in our own time.

Literature and the Relational Self

Literature and the Relational Self Book
  • Author : Barbara Ann Schapiro
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release : 1995-07-01
  • ISBN : 0814739504
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

"Literature and the Relational Self is a tribute to the rich complexity of human nature—as poets, novelists, and relational models of contemporary psychoanalysis mutually attest." —Psychoanalytic Psychologist While psychoanalytic relational perspectives have had a major impact on the clinical world, their value for the field of literary study has yet to be fully recognized. This important book offers a broad overview of relational concepts and theories, and it examines their implications for understanding literary and aesthetic experience as it reviews feminist applications of relational-model theories, and considers D. W. Winnicott's influential ideas about creativity and symbolic play. The eight incisive essays in this volume apply these concepts to a close reading of various nineteenth and twentieth-century literary texts: an essay on Wordsworth, for instance, explores the poet's writing on the imagination in light of Winnicott's ideas about transitional phenomena, while an essay on Woolf and Lawrence compares identity issues in their work from the perspective of feminist object relations theories. The cultural influences that have led to the development of the relational paradigm in the sciences at this particular historical moment have also affected contemporary art and literature. Essays on John Updike, Toni Morrison, Ann Beattie, and Alice Hoffman examine self-other relational dynamics in their texts that reflect larger cultural patterns characteristic of our time. The author reviews feminist applications of relational-model theories and applies these models to works by William Wordsworth, Virginia Woolf, John Updike, Toni Morrison, and others.

Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway Book
  • Author : Virginia Woolf
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Release : 2020-07-31
  • ISBN : 152879107X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

First published in 1925, “Mrs Dalloway” is a novel by Virginia Woolf that chronicles a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, an English aristocrat living after the Great War. Amongst her most famous works, “Mrs Dalloway” deals with such themes as mental illness, existentialism, feminism, and bisexuality. A classic novel that deserves a place on every bookshelf and is not to be missed by fans of Woolf's seminal work. Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) was an English writer. She is widely hailed as being among the most influential modernist authors of the 20th century and a pioneer of stream of consciousness narration. Woolf suffered numerous nervous breakdowns during her life primarily as a result of the deaths of family members, and it is now believed that she may have suffered from bipolar disorder. In 1941, Woolf drowned herself in the River Ouse at Lewes, aged 59. Other notable works by this author include: “Pattledom” (1925), “A Room of One's Own” (1929), “The Captain's Death Bed: and Other Essays” (1950). Read & Co. Classics is proudly republishing this classic novel now in a new edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.

Virginia Woolf and the Problem of the Subject

Virginia Woolf and the Problem of the Subject Book
  • Author : Makiko Minow-Pinkney
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release : 2010-09-22
  • ISBN : 0748686827
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

This classic study, now made available again to readers, shows that Woolf's most experimental writing is far from being a flight from social commitment into arcane modernism.

The Subject of Modernism

The Subject of Modernism Book
  • Author : Tony E. Jackson
  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Release : 1994
  • ISBN : 9780472105526
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

"Like other poststructuralist theories, Lacanian theory has long been accused of being ahistorical. In The Subject of Modernism, Tony E. Jackson combines a uniquely graspable explanation of the Lacanian theory of the self with a series of detailed psychoanalytic interpretations of actual texts to offer a new kind of literary history." "After exposing the seldom-discussed history of the self found in the work of Lacan, Jackson shows that the basic plot structure of realistic novels reveals an unconscious desire to preserve a certain kind of historically institutionalized self, but that the desire of realism to write the most real representation of reality steadily makes the self-preservation more difficult to sustain. Thus in following through on its own desire to prove the certainty of its being, realism eventually discovers its own impossibility. Jackson charts the resistances to and misrecognitions of this discovery as they are revealed in the changes of narrative form from Eliot's last, most ambitious novel, Daniel Deronda, through Conrad's most modernist novels, Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, to Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and The Waves. He ends with an appended consideration of the "Cyclops" and "Nausicaa" chapters from Joyces's Ulysses." "While other critics have argued that realism structures a certain self and modernism undoes that self, they have not attempted a historical explanation of why this change should have occurred. Jackson reads the emergence of modernism as a kind of generic self-analysis of realism, analogous to the self-analysis performed by Freud: when realism discovers the significance of its own desire to write the most real representation of reality, it has, in that moment, become modernism. It has grasped its own nature and so fully becomes itself, for the first time, as modernism." "The Subject of Modernism will appeal most obviously to readers of Victorian and modernist fiction, but it will also draw those interested in the history of the novel and in the idea of literary history in general. Finally, because of the way Jackson brings together fiction, psychoanalysis, and history, anyone interested in the history of aesthetics will find here new ways to examine particular art forms."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Ambiguous Discourse

Ambiguous Discourse Book
  • Author : Kathy Mezei
  • Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
  • Release : 1996
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

Examines the laws regulating the use of public lands, including the establishment of colonies, in Republican Rome. Using agrarian law as a case study, Gargola demonstrates the fundamental connections between religion, law, and government.

Guide to British Prose Fiction Explication

Guide to British Prose Fiction Explication Book
  • Author : Lynn Beene,LynnDianne Beene
  • Publisher : Macmillan Reference USA
  • Release : 1997
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

An unannotated bibliography of criticism, mostly journal articles, of prose written during the past two centuries by selected authors either from Britain or clearly part of British culture, including Scot Walter Scott, New Zealander Katherine Mansfield, and Canadian Margaret Atwood. The works cited range from contemporary professional reviews to semiotic interpretations, from New Critical approaches to new historicist readings, from linguistic subtleties to cross-cultural estimations. The arrangement descends from prose author, to title of work, and finally critic. No index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse Book
  • Author : Virginia Woolf
  • Publisher : Snowball Classics Publishing
  • Release :
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Book Description :

To the Lighthouse is a 1927 novel by Virginia Woolf. A landmark of high modernism, the novel centres on the Ramsays and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920. Following and extending the tradition of modernist novelists like Marcel Proust and James Joyce, the plot of To the Lighthouse is secondary to its philosophical introspection. The novel includes little dialogue and almost no action; most of it is written as thoughts and observations. The novel recalls childhood emotions and highlights adult relationships. Among the book's many tropes and themes are those of loss, subjectivity, and the problem of perception. In 1998, the Modern Library named To the Lighthouse No. 15 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2005, the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to present. According to, a site which uses algorithms to numerically determine the best-received books, To the Lighthouse is the 21st most critically acclaimed work of fiction ever made.