Literary scholars have speculated about the provocations behind the works of Virginia Woolf since her death in 1941. Sadness, heartache, and ill health during her youth left indelible impressions on the novelist's psyche. The intricate elements embroidered into Woolf's works, madness, sickness, and death function as essential subtexts that serve not only as developmental elements for her characters but also as an outlet to explore the writer's own life experience. By examining a biographical overview of Woolf's life and work, coupled with thorough investigation into subtexts found in selections of her prose, a path is established toward understanding the catalytic effects of trauma on the writer. Further, by analyzing the possible derivation of the creative impulse from Woolf's precarious state of mind, an enlightened insight into the writer's lifelong struggle to define herself and her familial relationships is attained.
|Advisor:||Chevin, Patricia H.|
|School:||California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||British and Irish literature|
|Keywords:||Bloomsbury group, Madness, Suicide|
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