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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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Upheavals of Intimacy in To the Lighthouse

Upheavals of Intimacy in To the Lighthouse

(p.185) Upheavals of Intimacy in To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf: Writing the World

Maayan P. Dauber

Liverpool University Press

This essay discusses “pathos,” an alternative form of connection without knowledge, relations without intimacy, an emotion explicated as early as ancient Greece but recrudescent in a particularly modernist form. This essay proposes that, with the introduction of the modernist novel in the early twentieth century, and with Virginia Woolf’s work in particular, the specificity of pathos’s meaning, different from sympathy, becomes visible again. This essay offers the term pathos, used explicitly by Woolf at the end of To the Lighthouse, as an affective mode uniquely suited to the modernist condition.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse, Modernism, Pathos, Intimacy, Sympathy, Connection, Character

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