<i>To the Lighthouse</i> and the Ghost of Leslie Stephen

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:
To the Lighthouse and the Ghost of Leslie Stephen

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This chapter studies To the Lighthouse, which is a novel that helped Woolf readjust her relationship with her past, and reviews Woolf's identification with Leslie Stephen as a reader, which had influenced her practice as a writer. It starts by studying the relationship between The Mausoleum Book and To the Lighthouse and then moves on to examine the theme of absence and Woolf's empiricist ideas on whether something exists only when it can be seen. The chapter also looks at Woolf's reaction against the concept of the idealised versions of womanhood.

Keywords: Leslie Stephen; absence; empiricist ideas; idealised versions; womanhood

Chapter.  16539 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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