Two of Virginia Woolf's most influential works reveal the quintessence of her experimentation with narrative technique in depicting the passage of time and the nature of human consciousness. This guide includes an outline of the critical reception of Woolf's work as well as extracts from her own writing on these novels and an exploration of the birth of "Woolf studies" in the mid-twentieth century.
Sorts out some of the massive critical literature about the 1927 and 1931 novels that Woolf wrote at the pinnacle of her career. Covers contemporary reviews; the period between publication and Woolf's death; the unifying strategies of myth, philosophy, and psychology during the 1950s and 1960s; the divergence of androgyny, art, and feminism during the 1970s and 1980s; sexual-textual readings of the 1980s; and historical, materialist, and post-colonialist approaches in the 1990s. Excerpts, some quite extensive, illustrate the schools. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.