Virginia Woolf and Wartime: Distortions of Natural and Pastoral Imagery in ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ and ‘Between the Acts’

Alexandra Harris claims in Romantic Moderns that to plant flowers in the middle of a war was to assert one’s firm belief in the future. Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, published in 1925 seven years after the first world war, and her final novel Between the Acts, published in 1941 in the midst of the second, … Read moreVirginia Woolf and Wartime: Distortions of Natural and Pastoral Imagery in ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ and ‘Between the Acts’

Woolf and McEwan: How the Modern Became Postmodern

Ian McEwan’s Atonement draws inspiration from and alludes to a vast number of 20th century modernist authors and works, both stylistically and thematically. For a novel to be considered a successful culmination to the reading of a large body of works, however, it must not be content with merely echoing the themes, styles, and forms … Read moreWoolf and McEwan: How the Modern Became Postmodern

The Double Lives of Servants: A Comparison and Contrast Between the Representation of Servants in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts and Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy

In her novel Between the Acts, Virginia Wolf explores the dichotomy that arises when two entirely separate social classes live under one roof together. Likewise, Jamaica Kincaid gives an intimate portrayal of a young au pair working in a wealthy, white household. Though the two authors differ greatly in the use of servants in their … Read moreThe Double Lives of Servants: A Comparison and Contrast Between the Representation of Servants in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts and Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy