ERIC Number: ED422585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-16
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The Cognitive Evolution of Novelist Virginia Woolf: The Journey to "Jacob's Room," Her First Experimental Novel.
Ippolito, Maria F.; Tweney, Ryan D.
This paper briefly explores the related enterprises that assisted Virginia Woolf in her effort to re-form the English novel to include, not only the deeds, but the thoughts of her characters. Among these enterprises were Woolf's diaries, which she utilized to practice writing, work out her writing philosophy, and collect observations which would be refined and later included in her novels and short stories. Woolf, who had little formal education, read widely and extensively; she viewed reading thoughtfully as laying the groundwork for writing well and vice versa. Woolf's ability to read critically eventually led to her first publication, a book review. She continued to write essays for the rest of her life, although she always viewed her non-fiction writing as secondary to her novels. Woolf and her husband Leonard also founded a publishing company, the Hogarth Press. The Press not only published Woolf's non-fiction and fiction-writing, beginning with her third novel ("Jacob's Room"), but also published the innovative works of other authors. In addition to Woolf's diaries, reading, non-fiction writing, and publishing activities, she also wrote a series of short stories or sketches experimenting with form and perspective. It was the skills and strategies developed during her writing apprenticeship and the techniques devised in her experimental sketches that Woolf relied on to write her experimental novels beginning with "Jacob's Room," Woolf's first experimental novel. (Contains 23 references.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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