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Visuality and Spatiality in Virginia Woolf’s Fiction

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Savina Stevanato

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.

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Abel, E. 11 n Aestheticism 9 Agosti, S. 111 n, 112 n Alberti, Leon Battista 4 n Albright, D. 113 Allard, R. 135 Antheil, G. 34 n, 39 n Antor, H. 55 n aporia xii, 29, 259, 273 Aristotle 1, 7, 10 Arnheim, R. 4, 20–1, 22 n, 23, 36 n, 66, 105, 117 n arrangement 34, 37, 39, 44, 46–50, 60, 62 n, 65, 69, 73, 79 n, 102, 109, 131–2, 133, 157, 181, 214; see also rhythm Asor Rosa, A. 42, 50 n, 104 n Augustine (of Hippo) 23 n avant-garde 25, 34, 35, 39 n, 50 n, 53, 54 n Bach, J. S. 186 Baroque 8 Barthes, Roland xi, 6–7 n, 24 n Baudelaire, Charles 11 n becoming xiii, 29–31, 41, 105, 145, 189, 190, 261, 262, 263, 271 Beethoven, Ludwig van 151, 186, 219 n being and non-being xii–xiii, 29–32, 98–9, 105, 122, 198–200, 258–73 as related to seeing and spatial form 111–12, 115–16 in Between the Acts 244, 250, 251, 252n, 255–6 in To the Lighthouse 211, 213, 218, 226n in The Waves 163, 166, 167, 172–3, 175, 220, 222, 223, 226–41 Bell, Clive 53, 54 n, 55, 56, 60, 64–6, 67, 71, 75, 77, 92 n, 197 Bell, Julian 70 Bell, Quentin 85 n, 197, 200 n Bell, Vanessa 50, 53, 54 n, 55, 56, 57 n, 66–71, 81, 85, 86, 115 n, 141 n, 200 n...

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