Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 –28 March 1941) was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists[ 1] of the twentieth century. During the interwar period[ 2], Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury[ 3] Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One 's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Woolf suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life, thought to have been the result of what is now termed bipolar disorder[ 4], and committed suicide by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59. Woolf was educated by her parents in their literate and well-connected household at 22Hyde Park Gate[ 5], Kensington.
However, there are a few distinct works that break the norms and give us insight on how femininity was constructed in those time periods. The concept of femininity and power through the Anglo-Norman, Medieval Ages and the Renaissance period transformed from female power being out of the ordinary but accepted to female power being shameful. One of the most prominent literary works coming out of the Anglo-Norman period was Marie de
Virginia Woolf, a remarkable woman writer, whose name is frequently paired with that of James Joyce, is regarded as a skilled exponent of the stream of consciousness technique in English literature of 20th century. Greatly in¬fluenced by Henry James, Virginia Woolf works on the ex¬periment and innovation of novel writing. And she is considered the founder of psychological realist. She disliked the traditional way of novel writing and rebelled against some of the established contemporary British novelists, including Arnold Bennett, John Galsworthy and H. G. Wells. She called them “materialism”, because “they are concerned not with the spirit but with the body”, “that they write of unimportant things: that they spend immense skill and immense
Ayn Rand, in her book, Anthem, chose to argue the most intense version of collectivism against the most extreme form of individualism. While her actions seem bold, her writing style fits this story very well. The setup of her novel was difficult to understand, however it portrayed the main character’s feelings and actions well. It helped the reader understand the main character’s frustration with collectivism. It The main character of Anthem makes many daring decisions throughout the novel.
Yet, Louise Erdrich’s poem, “Advice to Myself”, she talks about feminism and how women need to make their way in the world, she tends to focus a lot on multiculturalism including conflicting religious beliefs. Most of her poems and books are mainly about supernatural happenings with odd events. She is important because from her novels more readers have begun to appreciate that contemporary Native Americans have important stories to tell that go beyond retelling their ancestors’ rich creation myths and legends. Her life accomplished experiences and culture beliefs within her writing. After all, she is a poet and novelist of Chippewa and German descent, Erdrich has become one of the most important authors writing Native American fiction in the late twentieth century.
In Willa Cather’s essay she unfolds Sarah Jewett’s ability to express her feeling for writing through her diction to form art. In Sarah Jewett’s novel, her feeling for writing is shown through her main character who came to New England to write her own novel. Jewett shows the struggles she feels when writing her own novels through her character. In one of the passages she writes, “Literary employments are so vexed and uncertainties at best and and it was not until the voice of conscience sounded louder in my ears than the sea on the nearest pebble beach that I said unkind words of withdrawal to Mrs. Todd”(18). Miss.
The Help “If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you’ve got to find a language.”-Salman Rushdie. This quote says that if you want new interesting stories, then you should let the voiceless write them or have someone else write it for them. In the book The Help, the quote is exemplified perfectly, because Skeeter gives the voiceless maids a voice to be heard. Additionally, the book includes terrifying and sweet stories that the voiceless have to tell. In novelist Kathryn Stockett’s historical fiction, The Help (2009), she portrays the voicelessness of the maids in the 1960’s through the portrayal of their social inequalities to the white superior, their unjust firings by the people in power, and
Charlotte Brontë´s novel Jane Eyre is considered one of Britain´s most classical literary work. The story consists of a hybrid of three genres, the Gothic novel, the Romance novel and the Bildungsroman and many critics have praised the novel. Though, the novel got a great deal of good criticism in contemporary time, its immediate reception was controversial. The story plays out during the Victorian period in Britain where the social norms were strict and there was a big gap of equality between the genders. This essay will analyse how the gender roles are portrayed and if they are modern or traditional.
Barry Lewis states that “The postmodernist writer distrusts the wholeness and completion associated with traditional stories, and prefers to deal with other ways of structuring narrative.” (Stuart Sim (ed.) 2001: 127). In this essay, I shall attempt to show how the ‘wholeness and completion’ of the conventional Victorian novel is disrupted over the narrative of Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman by drawing a number of examples out of the numerous that can be traced in the novel. The first distinct element that the reader notices in the narrative is the use of quotation references preceding the beginning of each chapter. The use of these epigraphs reinforces the Victorian ‘feeling’ of the story, and certainly, it also aims to recreate the Victorian context in relation to the current perspective.
Anita Desai 's first novel, Cry, The Peacock, softened new ground up Indian English fiction and is said to be a pioneer. It has been termed as 'a wonderful novel ' by the pundits. Cry, The Peacock speaks the truth conjugal disharmony, absence of personality, idealism, and a feeling of aimlessness of life. Much has been composed on the subjects and style of Anita Desai 's novels. Diverse states of mind to destiny and submission to the inevitable exhibited in her novels are additionally considered in this work.