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LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Virginia Woolf Literary Criticism

Mrs Dalloway

An academic article by Mary Joe Hughes, a professor at Boston College, focusing on the opening scene of Mrs Dalloway with close readings of many extracts, as well as reference to the ideas of Maurice Blanchot in regards to narrative development.
A chapter from The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art and Manic-Depressive Illness by Thomas C. Caramagno, exploring the various narrative devices Woolf employs to convey mental illness, and the complexities of applying subjective or objective readings to Mrs. Dalloway.
Essay by Elizabeth Kimball of Temple University which sets out to clarify Heidegger's ideas on art before assessing them using Woolf's novel as a case study.

To the Lighthouse

An essay by Thomas J. Scheff of the University of California assessing the relationship between literary criticism and the social sciences through a reading of Woolf's novel, referencing commentary by Erich Auerbach, and others.
A paper by JaneMaree Maher of Monash University which discusses the central image of Woolf's novel in conjunction with theories concerning the formation of subjectivity from Melanie Klein's A Study of Envy and Gratitude.
A chapter from The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art and Manic-Depressive Illness by Thomas C. Caramagno, discussing the portrayal of parent-child relationships in this novel.
The text of a lecture delivered by Ian Johnston on the novel.
An essay by Erin Johnson examining Lily Briscoe from Woolf's novel and the eponymous Lady of Shallott from Tennyson's poem.

Orlando

An essay by Chris Coffman, an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska, comparing the depiction of transgender individuals in Woolf's fantastical novel and the realist The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, with an evaluation of various readings by Jay Prosser, Judith Halberstam, and others.
An essay by Elizabeth Wright of The University of St. Andrews discussing Woolf's concept of the 'androgynous mind' and how it manifests in Orlando, as well as assessing how androgyny has been theorized over the years.
A paper by Annie Sullivan exploring Woolf's unusual depiction of time in this novel.

Jacob's Room

An essay by Elizabeth A. Weston comparing the narrative strategies Virginia Woolf and John Banville employ in order to express grief and loss in Jacob's Room and The Sea respectively.
A chapter from The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art and Manic-Depressive Illness by Thomas C. Caramagno, examining the form and content of this novel with analysis of several excerpts.

The Waves

An essay by Josiane Paccaud-Huguet exploring the relationship between epiphany and melancholy in this novel, with reference to Kristeva, Lacan and others.
A chapter from The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art and Manic-Depressive Illness by Thomas C. Caramagno, discussing the intrasubjective factos and plurality of this novel.
A paper by Joseph Flanagan of the University of Helsinki which analyzes this novel through the relationship between British history and the Empire. The paper assesses several critical appraisals and features a couple of close readings.

The Voyage Out

A chapter from The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art and Manic-Depressive Illness by Thomas C. Caramagno, examining plot and characterization of Woolf's seemingly conventional first novel.
A scholarly article by Mark A. Wollaeger of Washington University mainly exploring the influence of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness on this novel and Leonard Woolf's earlier The Village in the Jungle.

Flush

A paper by Verita Sriratana of the University of St Andrews featuring a close analysis of this text, focusing in general on how terms such as "technology" and "place" relate to the subjectivity of the arts, and Woolf's unusual biography in particular.