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October 17, 2012 Our Class Project, The Brown Stocking What makes To The Lighthouse difficult? - Stream of consciousness o Goes into particular characters heads and follows their chain of thought – no continuity, random movement of thought o Long, run on sentences - Not just jumping from topic to topic in someone’s head, you jump from person to person and their thoughts. It’s hard to remember who is actually talking o Jumps from scene to scene and different times, etc. - It’s hard to know who is speaking o The word ‘thought’ occurs more than the main characters’ names o Extreme use of stream of consciousness - Knowledge is not a prominent occurrence for these characters Books/Authors to know: Mimesis by Erich Auerbach o Ch. 20, The Brown Stocking – begins with Ch. 5 of To The Lighthouse o “Never did anybody look so sad. Bitter and black, half way down, in the darkness, in the shaft which ran from the sunlight to the depths, perhaps a tear formed; a tear fell; the waters swayed this way and that, received it, and were at rest. Never did anybody look so sad.”  WHO IS TALKING HERE? - Woolf? The House? – Woolf must be okay with the reader not knowing who is talking. Maybe she doesn’t even know what is going on with her characters.  The book is about Mrs. Ramsey - There are many interpretations thought this novel - Woolf was trying to create a work in which there is no one source of meaning - “Multipersonal representation of consciousness” – you get the truth through multiple people and their consciousness’ Mikhail M. Bakhtin o Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics (1929) o “Official monologism, which pretends to possess a ready-made truth” o “Truth is not born nor is it to be found inside the head of an individual person, it is born between people collectively searching for truth, in the process of their dialogic interaction.” - “Discourse in the Novel” – doesn’t like a single author – Poetry is better because it lives outside the singular world Why did all these people have such similar ideas at the same time? - Why did it happen at the beginning of the 20 century? - Technology (1922, the big year for modernism) o The important think about modernism is that it uses multiple voices o Communication between cultures o Widening of man’s horizons and experiences o Multiple different interpretations – no longer one truth - Politics o Bakhtin in Stalinist Russia – accused for “corrupting the youth” o Wrong time to be an intellectual – wrote during his exile  In his cultural context, multiple opinions were not allowed o Auerbach – prestige German – lost his job when Hitler became Fuher o Exiled as well – wrote with no secondary sources o “The Representation of Reality in Western Literature”  On the one hand, modernism is one way of replicating what is going on (technological boom) and in the oth
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