To the Lighthouse: Modernism and Allusions

1/ Inter-textuality The central image of Mrs. Ramsay reading to James “The Fisherman and his Wife” and its eternalized sublimation into the subject of Lily’s painting imply that the tale is significant to the understanding of the novel. Through this tale, Woolf criticizes the patriarchal system of the Victorian England. “The Fisherman and his Wife” … Continue reading To the Lighthouse: Modernism and Allusions

To the Lighthouse: Modernism and Psychoanalysis

Modernist literature is influenced greatly by the emergence of psychoanalysis (Baldick 214). Woolf is of no exception. Maud Ellmann wrote that Woolf “speculates that the composition of the novel performed the function of a psychoanalysis.” (Woolf xix) Therefore, “To the Lighthouse” is a manifestation of psychological theories that prevailed during the early 20th century. The … Continue reading To the Lighthouse: Modernism and Psychoanalysis

To the Lighthouse: Modernism and Narration

Modernism is a “term applied retrospectively to the wide range of experimental and avantgarde trends in the literature and (other arts) of the early 20th century.” (Baldick 213) Thematically, modernist literature is characterized chiefly as “a rejection of 19th-century traditions and of their consensus between author and reader” by denouncing the Victorian traditional bourgeois values … Continue reading To the Lighthouse: Modernism and Narration