Event Title

Virginia Woolf's incessant shower of innumerable atoms: The Sense of Self in Memory, Consciousness, and Control

Location

Diamond 221

Start Date

30-4-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2015 10:55 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

As engaged readers we are always searching beyond the surface of any good book to learn more about the characters, the setting, and the circumstances that lead to the story's resolution, and one of the best ways to explore these elements is to examine the creator of the text. Virginia Woolf's trauma-ridden childhood and experience with mental illness make her and her work intriguing subjects for such an investigation. Woolf focuses on the sense of self within her fictional characters, delving into their inner lives through her creation of their memories and moments of self-reflection, which she presents in a stream of consciousness style throughout her novels. This close examination of her work suggests that although she experienced instability and uncertainty in her own sense of self due to her struggle with bipolar disorder, Woolf was able to maintain an identity as a writer, which stood solidly grounded in her work and the connection to self that she creates within her characters.

Faculty Sponsor

Laurie Osborne, Elizabeth Sagaser

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. English Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1157

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Apr 30th, 10:00 AM Apr 30th, 10:55 AM

Virginia Woolf's incessant shower of innumerable atoms: The Sense of Self in Memory, Consciousness, and Control

Diamond 221

As engaged readers we are always searching beyond the surface of any good book to learn more about the characters, the setting, and the circumstances that lead to the story's resolution, and one of the best ways to explore these elements is to examine the creator of the text. Virginia Woolf's trauma-ridden childhood and experience with mental illness make her and her work intriguing subjects for such an investigation. Woolf focuses on the sense of self within her fictional characters, delving into their inner lives through her creation of their memories and moments of self-reflection, which she presents in a stream of consciousness style throughout her novels. This close examination of her work suggests that although she experienced instability and uncertainty in her own sense of self due to her struggle with bipolar disorder, Woolf was able to maintain an identity as a writer, which stood solidly grounded in her work and the connection to self that she creates within her characters.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/274