113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Virginia Woolf and Time I

Session Chair: 
Perrin Kerns, Marylhurst University
Session 4: Friday 3:50-5:20pm
Rogue (PMCC)


  1. Alexandra Pollak, Yale University
    In Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf subordinates the narrative present to characters’ interior time, creating a permeable boundary between narrative and interior time that foregrounds characters’ pasts as more immanent than the present moment. When interior time overtakes narrative time, it upsets characters’ shared reality and destabilizes the epistemological system by which the reader can understand reality in the novel, effecting Auerbach’s break with the “hegemony” of exterior reality.
  2. Anthony Dotterman, Adelphi University
    This essay analyzes Woolf’s subjective portrayal of time and experience in To the Lighthouse through the prism of neurological difference.   I contend that there is a proto-autistic dynamic at work in the novel as the formal aspects of Woolf’s narrative stress the subjective and varied nature of sensory experience and its connection to an individual’s sense of time.   Embodied forms of cognition in Woolf’s novel dramatize the body’s relationship with modernity and its more standardized conceptions of time. 
  3. Christina Barber, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)
    Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves develops a Postmodernist aesthetic through its use of lyric time, the polyphonic voice and multisensory experience. The novel engages both narrative time and the lyric present to advance an intersubjective ‘consciousness,’ which anticipates the deconstruction of the human condition by Posthumanism.
  4. Gregory Dekter, New York University
    In To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf establishes a philosophy of time distinct from both mind time and clock time. Passive time, which reflects the shapeless culmination of an event rather than its action, is used as a core narrative feature of both Orlando and Between the Acts.
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