Virginia Woolf and the modern novel See the world as a difficult, uncaring place and the individual must find own path Each person is responsible for making own purpose and meaning Way to manage the crisis of human existence Things exist and have properties which are independent from any thoughts, theories, or beliefs Naturalism is an off-shoot of this idea, in that social conditions, heredity, and environment are inescapable forces shaping human character and existence Both seek to represent daily life January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941 “Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.” Born to an upper-class, well-connected family in Kensington, London Suffered from bi-polar disorder (modern diagnosis) o Had several breakdowns and was (occasionally) institutionalized Married Leonard Woolf in August, 1912 – were partners in marriage and in business Founded Hogarth Press which published T.S. Eliot, as well as Woolf’s own works o Her work was highly experimental, using stream of consciousness, importance of auditory and visual impressions o Lyrical style which elevated the sometimes mundane (Mrs. Dalloway) o Press was supportive of a wide range of artists, fostering talent Virginia Woolf killed herself on March 28, 1941 Along with Joyce, redefined the novel for the 20th century Important figure for female authors and artists Mrs. Dalloway features several “sets” of characters throughout the novel, as well as multiple settings. What imagery is used when addressing certain characters, situations, and how does this help us make meaning? Does this imagery change when addressing interior or exterior spaces? In your thinking, be specific (as always). Use your text to support your ideas.