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Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Specifically
Words: 1663 Length: 5 Pages Document Type: Term Paper Paper #: 39278242
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Ultimately, Mrs. Dalloway's opinion of herself is highest when she is giving parties. Woolf writes, "Every time she gave a party she had this feeling of being something not herself, and that every one was unreal in one way; much more real in another" (Woolf 171). She knows she has a gift for bringing people together, and it is this gift that makes her life worthwhile. It is odd, because the entire reason for her being (at least to her) is superficial and another jab at English society by Woolf. The parties are the grounds for the wealthy to socialize and show off, while they are attended by the low-paid servants, the poor who form the backbone of English society. Ultimately, the novel condemns this society, and Clarissa Dalloway's simple character is at the forefront of this condemnation. Her simplicity and reliance on pleasing others represents all that is wrong…


Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Harvest Books, 1990.

Michael Cunningham Virginia Woolf
Words: 961 Length: 3 Pages Document Type: Term Paper Paper #: 63871961
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In her novel "Mrs. Dalloway," Virginia Woolf demonstrated a distinctly modern style as she revealed the dynamics of perception rather than simply writing another "conventional" story, like many other writers of her time. Michael Cunningham, in a tribute to Wolff, took her story and modified her modern style with his own unique writing in "The Hours."

Cunningham played with Woolf's writing styles in his novel, intensifying her clever style. For example, Woolf had an unusual method of making her characters experience backward launches of memories, which were usually sparked by some type of image. In addition, she would jumble time and place to show her readers the reality of human consciousness and experience. Cunningham mimicked her style in "The Hours" yet added to the excitement with his postmodern styles. Therefore, while Woolf's plot was simple, Cunningham's was decidedly complex.

In his introductory statement, Cunningham discusses Woolf, hinting that she…


Cunningham, Michael. (1998). The Hours. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Dee, Jonathan. (June, 1999). The Hours: A Review. Harper's Magazine.

Guthmann, T. (September 15, 1998). Dancing with Woolf: An Interview with Author Michael Cunningham. The Advocate.

Harrison, Eric. (January 17, 2003). Timeless Tribute to Woolf Nearly Perfect. The Houston Chronicle.

Not Authentic Representations of Their Authentic Selves
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Authentic Representations of Self universal theme of transitional literature is the sacrifice of self. Many characters, within some of the greatest works of literature express longing as a main theme, as if they are living a life that is not quite what they had in mind. DH Lawrence, Virginia oolf, Beryl Bainbridge and Doris Lessing, all develop characters within their works that establish the idea of a denial of authenticity of self. The four works and the four characters which best describe this sort of sacrifice of self are: Lawrence's Paul Morel in Sons and Lovers, oolf's Clarissa Dalloway in Mrs. Dalloway, Lessing's Susan Rawlings in To Room Nineteen and Charlie from Bainbridge's Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie.

Even from the start Paul Morel from Sons and Lovers was different. More delicate than other children and the expression of grief through depression that brought on tears is a foreshadowing of…

Works Cited

Bainbridge, Beryl. "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie." In Collected Stories. London, UK

Penguin Books, 1994. Pgs. 81-88.

Lawrence, DH Sons and Lovers. Ed. Trotter, David. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Lessing, Doris. "To Room Nineteen." In The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 1985, pgs. 2026-2054.

Woolf Women in Violence and War
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Woolf / Women in Violence and War

The current paper deals with the use of stream of consciousness and narrative technique by Virginia Wolf. The author has discussed how Woolf comes and goes in time and space to reveal her inside feelings, and why she used them especially in time of war and domestic violence.

Much has been written about Woolf's use of the stream-of-consciousness technique used widely by other Modernist writers of her time such as DH Lawrance and James Joyce. Stream of Consciousness is the technique use by Woolf and she is considered the pioneer of this technique. The stream of thought was first proposed by William James, Harvard Professor of Psychology in 1890.


In a diary entry that Woolf wrote on the 23 of February in 1926, she compares the writing process she went through while writing Mrs. Dalloway with the process she experienced while writing…


Bakhtin, Mikhail.M.. Art and Answerability. Eds. Michael Holquist and Vadim Liapunov. Trans. And notes, Vadim Liapunov. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990. Print.

James, William. Different Times of Thought" Principles of Psychology. 260. Print

Herbert, Christopher. Mrs. Dalloway, the Dictator, and the Relativity Paradox. Novel. 35.1 (Fall 2001): Duke University Press. 104-124. Academic Search Premier. Web. 5 April 2010.

Mathis, Mary Shirlene, Ph.D., ?War/narrative/identity: Uses of Virginia Woolf's modernism. Dissertation. The University of Texas. 1995. Academic Search Premier. Web. 5 April 2010.

Interconnected Life Is Worth Living -- Suicide
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Interconnected Life is worth living -- suicide, art, and the surprises of the Hours

She is going to die. That much is certain -- Virginia oolf is one of the most famous suicidal authors in all of modern and modernist literature. But even when one knows this terrible fact, one cannot help but ask how, and why as her story unfolds before one's ears and eyes. The structure of The Hours also forces one to ask, what are the connections between oolf and the other people, past and present, that pay homage to this great artist's literary works over the course of the narrative? For The Hours not only encompasses oolf's biography and literary works, but other, less famous women who look to oolf for inspiration and guidance. Long after the author herself is dead, she lives on in her work's themes of the connected nature of all humanity and…

Works Cited

Cunningham, Michael. The Hours. New York: Picador, 1998

"The Hours." 2002.

Women in War and Violence
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Women in War and Violence

Women War and Violence

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the theory of being and becoming, and to discuss how this theory relates to war and violence in Virginia Woolf's portrayal of female characters in her novels. Being and becoming relates the theories of existence, and how one becomes and matures as an entity in society. It is evident throughout Woolf's lifetime that her character's evolve from simple creatures consumed with thoughts of darkness and death, that through a myriad of experiences with power, control, and pain they are able to transform their lives from simple existence into complex portrayals of beauty and lives that reflect the art of becoming human beings consumed with the beauty of all life has to offer.


To understand being and becoming, and how this relationship exists with regard to war and violence, and further with Woolf…


Dalsimer, K. 2002. Virginia Woolf: Becoming a writer. Yale University Press.

"Foundation of Activity Theory." Chapter 2: Being and becoming-ontology and the conception of evolution in activity theory. Pp.79-172. In, Karpatschof, B. 2000. Human activity. Contributions to the Anthropological Sciences from a perspective of activity theory. Copenhagen: Dansk Psychologist Forlag.

Johns, C. 2009. Becoming a reflective practitioner. John Wiley and Sons.

Lee, H. 1997. Virginia Woolf, Chapter 1. Books, The NY Times Company, Alfred A. Knopf.

Hours - By Michael Cunningham
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And while Clarissa is not repulsed at all by her reflection in the window, Mrs. oolf is another story, as far as how she sees herself. "She does not look directly into the oval mirror that hangs above the basin...she does not permit herself to look." The mirror, to Mrs. oolf, "is dangerous; it sometimes shows her the dark manifestation of air that matches her body, takes her form but stands behind... [and] she washes her face and does not look..."

Virginia oolf, in her husband's eye, is "pale and tall, startling as a Rembrandt...she has aged dramatically, just this year, as if a layer of air has leaked out from under her skin. She's grown craggy and worn...suddenly no longer beautiful." Not only has Virginia lost her loveliness, she is joined by the devil.

There is evil living within a brilliant mind, the ultimate juxtaposition that defines a…

Works Cited

Cunningham, Michael. (1998). The Hours. New York: Farrar - Straus - Giroux.

Feminism and Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf and Her Works as Mediums of Feminism

Virginia Woolf was among the rare writers who have put their talents and ideologies into writings, particularly as a patron of equality to women. Considered as one of the founders of feminism, there were quite a number of literary works that show Woolf's passion for promoting feminism. Some of this includes the following literary masterpieces.

To the Lighthouse

A Room on One's Own (1929)

Three Guineas (1938)

Women and Fiction (1929)

Professions for Women (1929)

Much of Woolf's literatures depicted her strict criticism on how the society put little importance to the female gender. Also, she showed in the context of her works how prominent the female gender can play important roles in the society, both socially and politically. Much of Woolf's works have in fact depicted political thoughts that have endeared the hearts and minds of many readers.

The information…


Dick, Susan. Virginia Woolf.

Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse (1927).

Her Writing Tell of her Life.

Professions for Women in Which
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hen conducting an ideological critique, the researcher must be concerned with the way ideology is evidenced (or repressed) in the artifact, and a useful concept for identifying these "traces of ideology" is the notion of the ideograph, or the "political language which manifests ideology," which, according to Michael McGee, is "characterized by slogans" (Foss 248, McGee 5). McGee argues "that ideology in practice is a political language, preserved in rhetorical documents," and as such, can be identified in rhetorical artifacts via the "vocabulary of ideographs" frequently deployed in speech. Here it is important to note the importance of context, because in general McGee identifies ideographs as particular words, but one need not view these specific words as eternally and always ideographs; that is to say, these specific words may be identified as ideographs "by the usage of such terms in specifically rhetorical discourse, for such usage constitute excuses for specific…

Works Cited

Condit, Celeste Michelle. "In Praise of Eloquent Diversity: Gender and Rhetoric as Public

Persuasion." Womens Studies in Communication 20.2 (1997): 91-116.

Fernald, Anne E. "A Feminist Public Sphere? Virginia Woolfs Revisions of the Eighteenth

Century." Feminist Studies 31.1 (2005): 158-82.

Woolf and Walker the Relationships
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This full spectrum of relationships implies that fully-functioning and developed societies can form around these relationships, and that they are not dependent upon male relationships whatsoever. The strength of the females in the Color Purple culminates in such an organization of their community; and, we are led to believe, that this particular community possesses the capacity to satisfy the women's physical and spiritual needs far better than any male-dominated society could offer.

oolf does not make this same contention in "The New Dress." Although it could be argued, from her other works, that she might possibly agree with such an ultimate organization of female society, "The New Dress" seems to focus more upon the inadequacies of social communication in general, irrespective of gender. This is not to say that gender is not a concern in the story, merely that the overall organization of the society that Mabel finds herself in…

Works Cited

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. New York: Pocket Books, 1982.

Woolf, Virginia. "The New Dress." A Haunted House and Other Short Stories. eBooks, 2004. Available:

Women's Roles in British Fiction 1850-2000
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women's places through the writing of British fiction. Using three classic examples of women's fiction in British literature the writer examines the overt and underlying relationship women have in the world and with society throughout the evolvement of literature. There were three sources used to complete this paper.

Throughout history authors have used their works to explore societal lessons. British literature is well-known for its ability to draw attention to moral, societal or other lessons by which the society reflects on the changes it experiences. The role of females has been a favorite topic of British authors for many years, perhaps spurred on by the various class elements that society has experienced along the way. Three classic works of British fiction provide a blueprint of women's changing role in society by allowing for a time span within their measurement. Charlotte Bronte's, "Jane Eyre"; Virginia Woolf's, "A oom of One's Own";…


Bronson, Charlotte. Jane Eyre

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own

Fielding, Helen. Bridget Jones's Diary.

English Literature Feminism Humanities
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Doom in the luest Eye and the Voyage Out Doomed From the eginning:

The Inevitability of Death in the luest Eye and the Voyage Out Commonality is a funny thing. Who would suppose that a young, white twenty-four-year-old, turn of the twenty-first century, English lady might have a great deal in common with a young, adolescent, black American girl? This is exactly the case, however, between Virginia Woolf's main character, Rachel in The Voyage Out, and Toni Morrison's Pecola, in her work, The luest Eye.

Despite their differences in time, location, culture, and circumstance, the characters in the two novels share a common fate based on a common cause. oth characters begin life in unfortunate circumstances that foreshadow the inevitable doom that results from their respective positions in life.

Morrison's The luest Eye, opens with the words, "Here is the house."

It starts out innocently enough -- yet, even before…


Gordon, Lyndall. Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life. New York W.W. Norton, 1984.

Hussey, Mark. Virginia Woolf A to Z. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1995.

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Plume, 1994.

Woolf, Virginia. The Voyage Out. Oxford: Oxford University, 1992.

British and German Trench Poetry
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These young men were not immersed in the high modernist traditions of Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot: rather, they were immersed in the experience of war and their own visceral response to the horrors they witnessed.

Thus a multifaceted, rather than strictly comparative approach might be the most illuminating way to study this period of history and literature. Cross-cultural, comparative literary analysis is always imperfect, particularly given the linguistic challenges presented by evaluating German poetry in relation to its British counterparts. Contextualizing the British war poets requires a certain level of understanding how the war was seen by the other side, and by alien eyes. More is likely to be gained than lost by reading the German war poets in translation. Yet reading the German poets in translation allows the reader to appreciate the influence of symbolism and expressionism in their work that was not present even in the harsh…

Goblin Market - Christina Georgina
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40"Lie close," Laura said, 41 Pricking up her golden head:

42"We must not look at goblin men, 43We must not buy their fruits:

Who knows upon what soil they fed

Their hungry thirsty roots?"

46"Come buy," call the goblins

Hobbling down the glen.

48"Oh," cried Lizzie, "Laura, Laura, 49 You should not peep at goblin men."

Lizzie cover'd up her eyes, 51 Cover'd close lest they should look;

Laura rear'd her glossy head, 53 and whisper'd like the restless brook:

54"Look, Lizzie, look, Lizzie, 55 Down the glen tramp little men.

One hauls a basket, 57 One bears a plate, 58 One lugs a golden dish

Of many pounds weight.

How fair the vine must grow

Whose grapes are so luscious;

How warm the wind must blow

Through those fruit bushes."

64"No," said Lizzie, "No, no, no;

Their offers should not charm us, 66 Their evil gifts would harm us."…


Goblin Market" Christina Georgina Rossetti. 2005. Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto. 28 May, 2007. 

Victorian Web. Christina Rossetti. 27 May 2007. 

Morning and evening

Maids heard the goblins cry:

Women's and Gender Studies
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omen and Gender Studies

Of all the technologies and cultural phenomena human beings have created, language, and particularly writing, is arguably the most powerful, because it is the means by which all human experience is expressed and ordered. As such, controlling who is allowed to write, and in a modern context, be published, is one of the most effective means of controlling society. This fact was painfully clear to women writers throughout history because women were frequently prohibited from receiving the same education as men, and as the struggle for gender equality began to read a critical mass near the end of the nineteenth century, control over women's access to education and writing became a central theme in a number of authors' works, whether they considered themselves feminists or not. In particular, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1892 story The Yellow allpaper features this theme prominently, and Virginia oolf's extended essay A…

Works Cited

Bak, John S. "Escaping the Jaundiced Eye: Foucauldian Panopticism in Charlotte Perkins

Gilmans "the Yellow Wallpaper." Studies in Short Fiction 31.1 (1994): 39-.

Carstens, Lisa. "Unbecoming Women: Sex Reversal in the Scientific Discourse on Female

Deviance in Britain, 1880-1920." Journal of the History of Sexuality 20.1 (2011):