Virginia Woolf and Modernism

In addition to "Modern Fiction," Norton (p. 2429):

"Character in Fiction" (1924), The Essays of Virginia Woolf, Vol. III, 1919-1924. Ed. Andrew McNeillie. London: Hogarth Press, 1988. pp. 420-438.

"that on or about December 1910 human character changed" (421).

"I believe that all novels . . . deal with character, and that it is to express character -- not to preach doctrines, sing songs, or celebrate the glories of the British Empire, that the form of the novel, so clumsy, verbose, and undramatic, so rich elastic, and alive, has been evolved." (425)

"Phases of Fiction" (1929), Granite and Rainbow. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1958. pp. 93-145.

From Austen (19th C) to modernism (20th C): a shadow "falls upon that bright prospect, distorting the lovely harmony of its proportions. The shadow of our own minds has fallen upon it and gradually we have drawn within, and gone exploring with Henry James endless filaments of feeling and relationship in which men and women are enmeshed" (140).

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Document prepared September 27th 2006