Chapter 4To the Lighthouse, The Waves, Between the Acts: An Analysis 125
Chapter 4 To the Lighthouse, The Waves, Between the Acts: An Analysis The first phase of apprehension is a bounding line drawn about the object to be apprehended […]. But, temporal or spatial, the esthetic image is first luminously apprehended as selfbounded and selfcontained upon the immeasurable background of space or time which is not it. You apprehend it as one thing. You see it as one whole. You apprehend its wholeness. That is integritas. — J. Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man To the Lighthouse, The Waves and Between the Acts are a prime example of the very close relationship between Woolf ’s quest for truth and investiga- tion into the role of art, as well as of her use of visual and spatial strategies. They also give explicit prominence to meta-literary discourse by specifically thematizing ‘artisticity’. Against the background of some common thematic areas, the following novel-by-novel analysis will be carried out in the light of the three criteria previously mentioned, and by singling out their rel- evant features. This will allow us both to explore synchronic similarities and dif ferences, and to delineate the complex interplay and decreasing correspondence between content and form: the former discrediting the latter and the latter refuting the former. As regards spatial form, a note needs to be made: in this chapter analy- sis will be restricted to the thematized level alone. The formal level will be focused on in the following chapter. To the Lighthouse represents the first complete...
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