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‘Lives Together’: Literary and Spiritual Autobiographies in <i>The Waves</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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623495.003.0006
‘Lives Together’: Literary and Spiritual Autobiographies in The Waves

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This chapter studies The Waves, a novel that Woolf considered as coming closest to capturing her own ideas and creating her own style. It shows that Woolf's exploratory approach to writerly identity is seen in her notes on writing The Waves, demonstrates how Woolf uses the characters to explore her response to writers she was re-reading and then considers their impact on her creative process. The next section discusses different interpretations of creation that are presented at the start of the novel. The chapter ends with a discussion of Woolf's method of summing-up.

Keywords: Waves; writerly identity; creative process; interpretations of creation; summing-up

Chapter.  12152 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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