Definition[ edit ] Stream of consciousness is a narrative device that attempts to give the written equivalent of the character's thought processeseither in a loose interior monologue see belowor in connection to his or her actions. Stream of consciousness writing is usually regarded as a special form of interior monologue and is characterized by associative leaps in thought and lack of some or all punctuation.
See Article History Alternative Title: Adeline Virginia Stephen Virginia Woolf, original name in full Adeline Virginia Stephen, born January 25,LondonEngland—died March 28,near Rodmell, SussexEnglish writer whose novels, through their nonlinear approaches to narrative, exerted a major influence on the genre.
A fine stylist, she experimented with several forms of biographical writing, composed painterly short fictions, and sent to her friends and family a lifetime of brilliant letters.
Early life and influences Born Virginia Stephen, she was the child of ideal Victorian parents. Her father, Leslie Stephenwas an eminent literary figure and the first editor —91 of the Dictionary of National Biography. Her mother, Julia Jackson, possessed great beauty and a reputation for saintly self-sacrifice; she also had prominent social and artistic connections, which included Julia Margaret Cameronher aunt and one of the greatest portrait photographers of the 19th century.
Julia Jackson Duckworth and Leslie Stephen married inand four children followed: Vanessa bornThoby bornVirginia bornand Adrian born While these four children banded together against their older half siblings, loyalties shifted among them.
At age nine, she was the genius behind a family newspaper, the Hyde Park Gate News, that often teased Vanessa and Adrian.
The Stephen family made summer migrations from their London town house near Kensington Gardens to the rather disheveled Talland House on the rugged Cornwall coast.
Her neatly divided, predictable world ended, however, when her mother died in at age Virginia, at 13, ceased writing amusing accounts of family news.
Almost a year passed before she wrote a cheerful letter to her brother Thoby. There the siblings lived independent of their Duckworth half brothers, free to pursue studies, to paint or write, and to entertain.
Leonard Woolf dined with them in Novemberjust before sailing to Ceylon now Sri Lanka to become a colonial administrator. Soon the Stephens hosted weekly gatherings of radical young people, including Clive BellLytton Stracheyand John Maynard Keynesall later to achieve fame as, respectively, an art critic, a biographer, and an economist.
Then, after a family excursion to Greece inThoby died of typhoid fever. Virginia grieved but did not slip into depression. While writing anonymous reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and other journals, she experimented with such a novel, which she called Melymbrosia.
As Clive Bell was unfaithful, Vanessa began an affair with Fry, and Fry began a lifelong debate with Virginia about the visual and verbal arts.
In the summer ofLeonard Woolf returned from the East.
After he resigned from the colonial service, Leonard and Virginia married in August Then he became a political writer and an advocate for peace and justice. Nevertheless, she completely recast Melymbrosia as The Voyage Out in Stream of Consciousness is a type of writing that originated with the works of psychologist William James (Brother of Novelist Emeritus Henry James).
Basically, its purpose is to emulate the passage of thought through your mind without any inhibitors. Stream of Consciousness Woolf shares one of her primary narrative techniques with authors like James Joyce and William Faulkner.
"Stream of consciousness" refers to a mode of narrative that follows the line of a character’s thoughts as they occur. Virginia Woolf: Virginia Woolf, English writer whose novels, through their nonlinear approaches to narrative, exerted a major influence on the genre. Best known for her novels Mrs.
Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, she also wrote pioneering essays on artistic theory, literary history, women’s writing, and the politics of power. May 26, · Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse delves into the minds of its characters in a stream of consciousness approach. The characters’ thoughts and feelings blend into one another, and the outward actions and dialogue come second to the inward emotions and caninariojana.coms: Virginia Woolf, whose use of stream of consciousness is particularly refined and effective, demonstrates indirect interior monologue in the classic Mrs Dalloway.
An omniscient third-person narrator delivers the tale, but taps into the consciousness of multiple characters throughout the course of . – Virginia Woolf Two of Virginia Woolf’s most notable novels, To the Lighthouse and Mrs.
Dalloway, are good examples of the narrative device stream of consciousness. At the time, the use of this device was highly experimental.