- Title Pages
- First Nations Acknowledgment
- Virginia Woolf Standard Abbreviations
- Multidisciplinary Woolf / Multiple Woolfs?
- Woolf, History, Us
- “Full of Experiments and Reforms”
and Ambiguous Sexualities in Jacob’s Room 1
- Challenging the Family Script
- History as Scaffolding
- Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, and Old Shoes
- Stopped at the Border
- “Q. And Babies? A. And babies”
- Photography, History, and Memoir of the Spanish Civil War
- “Waving to Virginia”
- Woolf, Defoe, Derrida
- “The law is on the side of the normal”
- A Healing Center of One’s Own
- Sunflower Suture
- “One Must Be Scientific”
- Clarissa’s Glacial Skepticism
- Apollonian Illusion and Dionysian Truth in Mrs. Dalloway
- “Time has Whizzed back an inch or two on its reel”
- Speaking Citizen to Citizen in a Time of War
- Work as Salvation
- Drawing as Thinking
- Performing Feminism, Transmitting Affect
- Virginia Woolf and Clarice Lispector
- Mystical Gibberish or Renegade Discourse?
Selves and Others as Narrative Participants in Woolf’s Novels
- “The most unaccountable of machinery”
- The Hotel at the End of the Universe
- Globalization, Inter-Connectivity, and Anti-Imperialism
- Chinese Eyes and Muddled Armenians
- “No One Wants Biography”
- There Goes the Bride
- Redefining Woolf for the 1990s
- The Believers
- The Woolfs in Print and Online
- Notes on Contributors
- 22nd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf: Conference Program
Disseminating the Garden in The Years
- (p.119) Sunflower Suture
- Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf
Elisa Kay Sparks
- Liverpool University Press
This chapter explores connections and disconnections between the women of The Years by focusing on Eleanor Pargiter's feminist practice using patterns of floral imagery. The Years is a novel about patterns of repetition in human lives and in the natural world in which artificial and metaphorical flowers as well as their living exemplars act as vivid elements in an intricate fugue of reiterated motifs. Predominately a city novel, The Years is also one of Virginia Woolf's most floral fictions, with twenty-four varieties of flower named. Sunflowers are mentioned only three times in The Years, yet these references to the terracotta plaques stamped on the doors of Eleanor's low-income houses serve symbolically to stitch together several major themes of the novel. This essay considers the alignment of blot and sunflower in The Years as well as their “defining centrality as images not only of Eleanor's identity but also the novel's search for some pattern of stability to suture the years together”.
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