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Ongoing conversation: Virginia Woolf, the visual arts and readers

Almahameed, N 2010, Ongoing conversation: Virginia Woolf, the visual arts and readers , PhD thesis, Salford : University of Salford.

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    Abstract

    My thesis offers a new way of considering Virginia Woolf s writing, and the different ways in which she introduced the idea of conversation in her writings. The thesis examines this relatively unexplored area of her work, focusing on six different kinds of "conversation" in some of her fiction and non-fiction. These conversations comprise: sending and receiving letters; social and personal conversation; verbal-visual cross-fertilisation; lectures, discourses, or talks that she gives to audiences large and small; hidden conversations or implicit exchanges that Woolf holds with her reader; and the printed discussions and dialogues that Woolf creates between her characters. After providing a general introduction, and a review of critiques of Woolf s idea of "conversation", Chapter One explores the idea that Woolf s conversations with artists originate with her sister, Vanessa Bell. The second chapter describes the interaction between Woolf s writing and Impressionism and suggests that Woolf writes in a bold and colourful style that resembles the techniques of Impressionist painters. Chapter Three discusses Woolf s conversations with her friend, Roger Fry, which comprise both an exchange of letters, and direct conversations. Chapter Four explores how, in To the Lighthouse (1927), Woolf s words interact with Post- Impressionist ideas, thus creating a figurative dialogue between verbal and visual arts. In Chapter Five, the conversation that Woolf establishes between the writer and the reader is considered. Here the origins and shifting meanings ascribed to conversation in Woolf s fiction and non-fiction are discussed. The conclusion drawn is that Woolf did indeed adopt a conversational style in a deliberate move to create a mass audience for her work.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Contributors: Maidment, BE(Supervisor)
    Additional Information:
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 14:34
    Last Modified: 17 Feb 2014 11:50
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26533

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