Spatiality in Virginia Woolf

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MASARYK UNIVERSITY IN BRNO Faculty of Arts Department of English and American Studies ISSUES OF SPATIALITY IN SELECTED NOVELS BY VIRGINIA WOOLF: AN ANALYSIS Zuzana Hlucháňová Supervisor: Stephen Paul Hardy, Ph.D. Brno 2005 I declare that I have worked on this thesis independently, using only the primary and secondary sources listed in the bibliography. …………………………………………….. Author’s signature Acknowledgement I would like to thank my supervisor Steve Hardy for lending me literature, supplying me with inspiring comments and for his invaluable guidance throughout my writing this thesis. Table of Contents Introduction 5 1. Opening space of the novel: uses of spatiality in Jacob's Room 17 2. Plunging in the ‘city-ocean’: the space of Woolfian London in Mrs Dalloway 37 3. Shaping ‘formidable space’: comprehending spatiality in To the Lighthouse 58 Conclusion 83 Works Cited 86 Introduction Space is everywhere open [….] We are in this place. --Jean-Luc Nancy, The Inoperative Community[1] Psyche is extended; [but] knows nothing about it. ---Sigmund Freud, note of August 22, 1938 Everything takes form, even in infinity. ---Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space Space is open, and, it may be open in the novel. It is inhabited – the human existence is placed in it. As space defines human undertaking, it is concerned with the form it takes. This thesis addresses issues of spatiality in
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