The Consciousness Effect: Representation of Subjectivity in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and James Joyce’s Ulysses
A sudden light transfigures a trivial thing, a weathervane, a windmill, a winnowing flail, the dust in the barn door; a moment – and the thing has vanished, because it was pure effect.
The house of fiction has many windows, but only two or three doors.
The works of Virginia Woolf and James Joyce are a landmark in aesthetic history. In the early twentieth century, a moment of rupture and breakdown in cultural order, both writers responded to the changing conditions of the period by proposing a radical overturn of the objective mimetic impulses characteristic of conventional literary representation. In their…
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