Tradition and Exploration in <i>Night and Day</i>

Jane de Gay

in Virginia Woolf's Novels and the Literary Past

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623495
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651849 | DOI:
Tradition and Exploration in Night and Day

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This chapter examines Woolf's efforts to place herself within both female and male traditions in Night and Day, arguing that the novel is not a complete submission to convention, since it can be read as a parody. It then tries to determine that if Night and Day critiques the narrative patterns it parodies, then it does not manage to fully subvert or ironise these patterns and their supporting values. The chapter reveals that there are other allusive layers in the novel which serve to unsettle the parameters of the traditional novel and point towards future reforms.

Keywords: female traditions; male traditions; parody; narrative patterns; allusive layers; traditional novel

Chapter.  10434 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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