‘This Moment I Stand On’: Virginia Woolf and the Spaces in 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:
‘This Moment I Stand On’: Virginia Woolf and the Spaces in Time

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This chapter discusses Woolf’s sense of the gap that cut off the past from the present, looking at the asymmetrical relation of time to space and revealing that Woolf imagined time as subject to cracks and fissures. It shows some important events that occurred in 1910, both in Woolf’s literary life and in England, and also considers the influence of Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity on Woolf’s novels.

Keywords: time; space; asymmetrical relation; 1910; Albert Einstein; Theory of Relativity

Chapter.  7453 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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