‘Sudden Intensities’: Frame and Focus in Woolf’s Later Short Stories

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:
‘Sudden Intensities’: Frame and Focus in Woolf’s Later Short Stories

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This chapter discusses Woolf’s later short stories, from ‘The Lady in the Looking Glass’ to ‘The Shooting Party’, as well as Woolf’s concern with ‘The Searchlight’ and ‘The Symbol’, which are stories about the operation of memory and loss. Memory and loss are represented in these stories by field glasses or a telescope, whose close-up on a distant spot both isolates and focuses on a certain experience.

Keywords: short stories; memory and loss; Looking Glass; Shooting Party; Searchlight; Symbol

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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