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The dark cupboard: Madness, sickness, and death—Understanding the essential subtexts in the works of Virginia Woolf
by Fisher, Kenneth Mark, M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2013, 79; 1523687
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chevin, Patricia H.
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: British and Irish literature
Keywords: Bloomsbury group, Madness, Suicide
Publication Number: 1523687
ISBN: 978-1-303-31200-7
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