Short Stories: How short is short?
Virginia Woolf's 'A Haunted House'
Alice Walker's 'The Flowers'
Thursday, September 19, 2013
A Haunted House- 1921
-Virginia Woolf (1882- 1941)
-title gives a different impression than the story actually is
-complicated tale of love and memory
-no protagonists or antagonists (never sure who is being spoken of)
-she became influenced by psych discoveries
-her and husband published first English translations of Sigmund freuds work
-also influenced by impressionism (new way of seeing and recording experiences)
-wondered if minute thoughts/processes could be captured in writing
-stream of consciousness: an attempt to duplicate raw sensory data in the same disordered
state that the mind receives it
-excitement comes from not from the what but its how and why
-from whose perspective is the story told?
-told throughout different perspectives
-breaks most traditional rule of consistent pov
-complexity of perception
Stream of Consciousness
-why write this way on this topic?
-jumps in thought
-realistic, focusing on multiple different things and jumping from one way to another
-'patchwork', memories come back to us in inconsistent and confusing manner, different
smells and feelings etc
-haunted house (shown in title)
-can suggest multiple things
-symbolic of the mind (past app