The Search for Form (ii): Revision and the Numbers of Time

Julia Briggs

in Reading Virginia Woolf

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624348
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651856 | DOI:
The Search for Form (ii): Revision and the Numbers of Time

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This chapter discusses the use of numbers in Woolf’s work – such as her numbering of sections, divisions and parts – and demonstrates how she connected these to the rhythms of time. It then studies comparable processes of revision that can be identified in the works of W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and looks at Woolf’s holograph drafts, which tell only a part of the story of her process of composition. The chapter also examines the time sequences and the passage of time in Woolf’s novels. It determines that Woolf used numbers of time as part of her struggle to master twists of fate and unforeseen events, and embedded them in a vision and a design.

Keywords: numbers; rhythms of time; revision; W.B. Yeats; James Joyce; holograph drafts; composition process; time; twists of fate; unforeseen events

Chapter.  5810 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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