Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2017)
Structural Patterns of Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf
Author(s): Preeti Sharma
Abstract: The literature of the first half of the twentieth century has come to be known as the “Modernist Literature,” which moved in two different and contrary directions. Virginia Woolf began to write fiction around 1915, at a time when James and Conrad had already made departure from the Victorian convention of the novel as social comedy or social tragedy. They had rejected the restrictions of realism to move into the deeper region of reflection. Woolf went a step further to abandon action altogether, rejecting the conventional notion of plot and character, subject and style. She introduces new technique of “Stream of consciousness.” Woolf is said to have been indebted to M. Proust, D. Richardson, and H. Bergson. Virginia Woolf, like any other writer, was of her age, in the first place. She shared the restless expeimentalism of the modern period in the history of English literature. The drive to make it new, as Pound kept hammering it, can be seen as a sort of compulsion with Woolf; it can be seen as a kind of courage, and artistic stratergy that is anything but soft.