Structure and anti-structure: Virginia woolf's feminist politics and "the mark on the wall"

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Abstract

This article challenges the idea that "The Mark on the Wall" is an apolitical story, with Woolf trying to experiment with time, space and narrative structures. Arguing that Woolf fills her story with subtle political references (Troy, Charles I, South Downs), this essay offers a close reading of the text in the hope of examining Woolf's feminist pacifism and her critique of male logic and the Great War. Victor Turner's notion of "anti-structure" is used to analyze the narrator's choice of being "betwixt and between" the state of things, or being "neither here nor there".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-442
Number of pages18
JournalEnglish Studies
Volume91
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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