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Ann Martin and Kathryn Holland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082624

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082624.001.0001

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Sunflower Suture

Sunflower Suture

Disseminating the Garden in The Years

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(p.119) Sunflower Suture
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Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf
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Elisa Kay Sparks

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780989082624.003.0015

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”.

Keywords:   women, The Years, floral imagery, repetition, sunflowers, blot, identity, stability

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