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Article: Between sensation and sign: the secret language of the waves

TitleBetween sensation and sign: the secret language of the waves
Authors
KeywordsVirginia Woolf
Consciousness
Metaphor
Narrative
Issue Date2012
PublisherIndiana University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/index.php?cPath=519_636
Citation
Journal of Modern Literature, 2012, v. 36 n. 1, p. 53-70 How to Cite?
AbstractThe structure of Virginia Woolf 's late novel The Waves, which alternates between interludes of an uninhabited seascape and a series of non-mimetic soliloquies, has long puzzled and intrigued her critics. This essay argues that the images that circulate not only between separate soliloquies, but also between soliloquy and interlude, traverse the boundary between objectivity and subjectivity and frame sensations, perceptions, and thoughts as physical presences in the real world. In the recurrent treatment of words as sensuous entities, moreover, the novel suggests that all practices of language and aspects of consciousness are essentially physical phenomena in the world of people, words, and waves. The Waves thus accomplishes something new and largely unrecognized in modern narrative: the language, imagery, structure, and themes collectively establish the continuity of word, narrative, and world through a non-subjective, physicalized consciousness.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/152589
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dc.contributor.authorChun, Men_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-16T09:43:14Z-
dc.date.available2012-07-16T09:43:14Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Modern Literature, 2012, v. 36 n. 1, p. 53-70en_US
dc.identifier.issn0022-281X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/152589-
dc.description.abstractThe structure of Virginia Woolf 's late novel The Waves, which alternates between interludes of an uninhabited seascape and a series of non-mimetic soliloquies, has long puzzled and intrigued her critics. This essay argues that the images that circulate not only between separate soliloquies, but also between soliloquy and interlude, traverse the boundary between objectivity and subjectivity and frame sensations, perceptions, and thoughts as physical presences in the real world. In the recurrent treatment of words as sensuous entities, moreover, the novel suggests that all practices of language and aspects of consciousness are essentially physical phenomena in the world of people, words, and waves. The Waves thus accomplishes something new and largely unrecognized in modern narrative: the language, imagery, structure, and themes collectively establish the continuity of word, narrative, and world through a non-subjective, physicalized consciousness.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherIndiana University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/index.php?cPath=519_636en_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Modern Literatureen_US
dc.rightsThis article was published as [Journal of Modern Literature, 2012, v. 36 n. 1, p. 53-70]. No part of this article may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or distributed, in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photographic, or otherwise, without the prior permission of Indiana University Press. For educational re-use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center (508-744-3350). For all other permissions, please visit Indiana University Press' permissions page.en_US
dc.subjectVirginia Woolf-
dc.subjectConsciousness-
dc.subjectMetaphor-
dc.subjectNarrative-
dc.titleBetween sensation and sign: the secret language of the wavesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChun, M: mchun@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.doi10.2979/jmodelite.36.1.53-
dc.identifier.hkuros201185en_US
dc.identifier.volume36en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.spage53-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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