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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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Selves and Others as Narrative Participants in Woolf’s Novels1

Selves and Others as Narrative Participants in Woolf’s Novels1

(p.201) Selves and Others as Narrative Participants in Woolf’s Novels1
Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf

Kyle Robertson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores Virginia Woolf's narrative strategies, with particular emphasis on selves and others as narrative participants in her novels. After defining subject and self as metaphorical constructs, the chapter considers passages from To the Lighthouse and The Waves to show how Woolf's characters conceptualize their selves and others in similar ways: her subjects construe self and other as participants in an ongoing narrative as they interpret the world around them. It then discusses Woolf's use of multiple construals as a narrative strategy in her pursuit to depict life as accurately as possible. That these construals are active participants in the minds of their characters supports the theory that narrative is an integral aspect of cognition.

Keywords:   narrative strategy, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, characters, self, other, narrative, construals, cognition

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