Virginia Woolf : the patterns of ordinary experience / Lorraine Sim
- Sim, Lorraine
- Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2010.
- Physical Description:
- viii, 220 pages ; 25 cm
- PART 1. QUOTIDIAN THINGS -- 1. Factualism and the Search for Ordinary Things -- 2. Blue and Green: Sensations of Colour -- PART 2. RETHINKING ORDINARY EXPERIENCE -- 3. Pain, Common Illness and Ordinary Life -- 4. Motoring from Beauty to the Sublime -- 5. Moments of Being: Little Daily Miracles -- PART 3. THE ORDINARY, BEING, ETHICS -- 6. Tracing Patterns -- 7. Woolf and the Ethics of the Ordinary.
- "In her timely contribution to revisionist approaches in modernist studies, Lorraine Sim offers a reading of Virginia Woolf's conception of ordinary experience as revealed in her fiction and nonfiction. Contending that Woolf's representations of everyday life both acknowledge and provide a challenge to characterizations of daily life as mundane, Sim shows how Woolf explores the potential of everyday experience as a site of personal meaning, social understanding, and ethical value. Sim's argument develops through readings of Woolf's literary representations of a subject's engagement with ordinary things like a mark on the wall, a table, or colour; Woolf's accounts of experiences that are both common and extraordinary such as physical pain or epiphanic m̀oments of being'; and Woolf's analysis of the effect of new technologies, for example, motor-cars and the cinema, on contemporary understandings of the external world. Throughout, Sim places Woolf's views in the context of the philosophical and lay accounts of ordinary experience that dominated the cultural thought of her time. These include British Empiricism, Romanticism, Platonic thought and Post-Impressionism." "In addition to drawing on the major novels, particularly The Voyage Out, Mrs. Dalloway, and To the Lighthouse, Sim focuses close attention on short stories such as T̀he Mark on the Wall', S̀olid Objects', and B̀lue & Green'; nonfiction works, including Òn Being Ill', Èvening over Sussex: Reflections in a Motor-car', and À Sketch of the Past'; and Woolf's diaries. Sim concludes with an account of Woolf's ontology of the ordinary, which illuminates the role of the everyday in Woolf's ethics."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9780754666578 (hardback : alk. paper), 0754666573 (hardback : alk. paper), 9781409409908 (ebk), and 1409409902 (ebk)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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