ENG287 – February 13 , 2013 Instructor – A. Hammond
Introduction to our Class Project, The Brown Stocking
To the Lighthouse is difficult because perceptions and character lens change with no indication.
There isn't a logical, linear progression so it doesn't seem rational. There isn't a neat chronology.
There isn't a transition between the stream of consciousness and actual plot points/actions that
take place. And we aren't explicitly told who is thinking the thoughts that we're being given.
Erich Auerbach's Mimesis has a chapter on TTL called 'The Brown Stocking' he focuses on
chapter 5. 'It is all mere supposition' 'There is no one order and one interpretation, but many.'
There is no one voice that tells us the truth. There are many voices which tell us things but there
is no real truth. The author is no longer the objective narrator who tells us the objective truth. To
get to the truth there has to be interpretation of all the thoughts from all the characters. There is
no governing authority - multi personal representation of consciousness. The characters tell the
story, there is no narrator. That, for Auerbach, is Modernist literature. It recognises that everyone
is an author of their own story. There is never just one interpretation.
For Bakhtin, the novel is a model for a democratic society.
Woolf's aim was