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Virginia Woolf: Writing the World$
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Pamela L. Caughie and Diana L. Swanson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780990895800

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780990895800.001.0001

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From London to Taipei: Writing the Past in “Wandering in the Garden, Waking from a Dream” and Mrs. Dalloway

From London to Taipei: Writing the Past in “Wandering in the Garden, Waking from a Dream” and Mrs. Dalloway

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(p.110) From London to Taipei: Writing the Past in “Wandering in the Garden, Waking from a Dream” and Mrs. Dalloway
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Virginia Woolf: Writing the World
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Shao-Hua Wang

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780990895800.003.0014

This essay focuses on the many similarities between Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Hsien-yung Pai’s “Wandering in the Garden, Waking from a Dream.” Both stories focus on one main female character and her past love and the contrast between Bourton and London resembles that between China and Taipei. However, there appears to be a more profound link between the two works. Woolf’s influence on Pai lies not merely in the parallel construction of the plots. Pai’s “psychological realism” can be understood in phenomenological terms since it is a realism that aims to stay true not to the external reality but to the inner self. This essay draws upon Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological understanding of language to argue that both Pai’s and Woolf’s writings allow an openness toward the external world and ultimately their works emphasize a lived life. Such an emphasis is best demonstrated in their fundamental similarity in evoking the past and in describing the unsayable truth of life.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, Hsien yung Pai, Maurice Merleau Ponty, Mrs Dalloway, Wandering in the Garden, Waking From a Dream, Psychological realism, Phenomenology

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