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4. Form and Structure
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the form and structure of the novel, focusing in particular on the use of sustained interior monologue, the importance of time and clocks in the structure of the novel, and Woolf’s ‘tunnelling process’, by which she reveals character “by instalments”.
In this course, Dr Madeleine Davies (University of Reading) explores Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel, Mrs Dalloway. In the first three modules, we outline some of the key contexts for the novel, including: (i) the life and career of Virginia Woolf; (ii) Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries; and (iii) literary modernism. After that we turn to the novel itself, focusing in particular on its form and structure, the figure of Clarissa Dalloway, and the themes of connection and isolation, sexuality, war, insanity, and female creativity. We end with some tips for reading Virginia Woolf in general and Mrs Dalloway in particular.
Madeleine Davies is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Reading. She specialises in Women's Writing and Feminist Theory, particularly the work of Virginia Woolf and Margaret Atwood. She has published widely on Margaret Atwood in particular, including 'Margaret Atwood's Female Bodies' in C. A. Howells (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood (2006).
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Davies, M. (2018, September 09). Woolf: Mrs Dalloway - Form and Structure [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/woolf-mrs-dalloway/form-and-structure-161f5fd3-57c9-4088-bb29-040ec046a837
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