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Visuality and Spatiality in Virginia Woolf’s Fiction

by Savina Stevanato (Author)
©2012 Monographs XV, 293 Pages

Summary

This book offers an interpretative key to Virginia Woolf’s visual and spatial strategies by investigating their nature, role and function. The author examines long-debated theoretical and critical issues with their philosophical implications, as well as Woolf’s commitment to contemporary aesthetic theories and practices. The analytical core of the book is introduced by a historical survey of the interart relationship and significant critical theories, with a focus on the context of Modernism. The author makes use of three investigative tools: descriptive visuality, the widely debated notion of spatial form, and cognitive visuality. The cognitive and remedial value of Woolf’s visual and spatial strategies is demonstrated through an inter-textual analysis of To the Lighthouse, The Waves and Between the Acts (with cross-references to Woolf’s short stories and Jacob’s Room). The development of Woolf’s literary output is read in the light of a quest for unity, a formal attempt to restore parts to wholeness and to rescue Being from Nothingness.

Details

Pages
XV, 293
Year
2012
ISBN (PDF)
9783035302660
ISBN (Softcover)
9783034302418
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0353-0266-0
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (March)
Keywords
The verbal and visual arts in the modernist context Analysing the nature and development of thematized visuality and spatiality Spatiality as a remedy for Nothingness and Becoming Metaphor as an emblem of seeing and spatial form
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2012. XVI, 293 pp., 2 tables

Biographical notes

Savina Stevanato (Author)

Savina Stevanato received her PhD from the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, where she has since held two research fellowships. Her research interests lie in the relationship between the verbal and the visual and between the verbal and the musical in English modernist literature, with particular reference to T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

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