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20th Century Rhetoric: Virginia Woolf Notes

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20th Century Rhetoric: Virginia Woolf Notes SPCM201

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Notes from Friday March 25 - covers class lecture on Virginia Woolf and 20th Century Rhetoric
Rhetoric in Western Thought (GT-AH3)
Jennifer E Bone
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Gioia Fisk on Sunday March 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SPCM201 at Colorado State University taught by Jennifer E Bone in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 26 views. For similar materials see Rhetoric in Western Thought (GT-AH3) in Communication at Colorado State University.


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Date Created: 03/27/16
Virginia  Woolf Friday,  March  25, 8:54  AM A  room  for  one  please! Self-­identify  as  a  literary  critic,  not  so  much  a  rhetorical  theorist → Rhetoric  and  the  20th  Century ○ Rhetoric  no  longer  emphasized  at  Universities  (early  1900s) § Reduced  to  a  few  courses  in  writing  and  speaking § Literary  critcism  was  more  important ○ Decades  passed  with  rhetoric  on  the  decline ○ Eventually  rhetoric  was  "reinvented"  under  terms  "discourse"  or   "dialogism" § Became  a  theory  of  language  as  effective  discourse § Dialogism  -­ every  time  we  have  a  conversation,  it  is  based  on   something  that  has  already  been  talked  about/discussed → Virginia  Woolf  (1882-­1941) "I  would  venture  to  guess  that  Anon,  who  wrote  so  many  poems  without  signing   them,  was  often  a  woman" ○ Born  to  a  well  educated,  upper  middle  class  English  parents ○ Homeschooled  by  her  mother  and  tutors § Brothers  were  sent  away  to  school § Familiar  with  coming  together  to  discuss  literature  and  art ○ Active  participant  (and  leader)  of  the  Bloomsbury  Group Considered  a  feminist,  socialist,  and  pacifist ○ ○ Married  Leonard  Woolf  in  1912  (supported  her  writing  and  ability  to   speak  to  an  audience)  but  fell  in  love  with  Victoria  "Vit-­  Sackville West ○ Co-­founded  Hogarth  Press,  publishing  company ○ "One  of  the  most  important  writers  in  Britain"  pg  1247 ○ "One  of  the  most  important  novelists  writing  in  English  in  the  20th   Century"  pg.  1248 ○ Wrote  with  stream  of  consciousness   ○ Suffered  from  mental  instability -­ 1941:  missing  for  3  weeks,  filled  her  pockets  with  rocks  and   walked  into  a  river  and  drowned   -­ found  her  hat  and  cane  on   the  shore → Virginia  Woolf's  Writings ○ The  Voyage  Out  (1912) ○ Night  and  Day  (1919) -­ 1941:  missing  for  3  weeks,  filled  her  pockets  with  rocks  and   walked  into  a  river  and  drowned   -­ found  her  hat  and  cane  on   the  shore → Virginia  Woolf's  Writings ○ The  Voyage  Out  (1912) ○ Night  and  Day  (1919) ○ Jacob's  Room  (1922) ○ Mrs.  Dalloway  (1925) ○ To  the  Lighthouse  (1927) ○ And  many,  many  more  -­ over  500  different  pieces → Woolf  and  Rhetoric ○ "Female  Mode  of  Rhetoric" -­ Pursues  arguments  indirectly -­ Relies  on  personal  experience  to  support  arguments -­ Tentative  with  her  thesis;;  leaves  i-­ended  for  the  reader   to  draw  conclusions -­ Light  and  cheerful  tone  (big  accomplishment  because  of  her   bouts  with  depression) ○ "Male  Mode" -­ Logical  and  linear -­ Relies  on  concrete  data  to  support  arguments -­ More  aggressive  tone ○ Beginner  woman  writer  should  start  by  writing  a  novel → "A  woman  must  have  money  and  a  room  of  her  own -   irginia  Woolf → Virginia  Woolf  wrote  her  first  book  review  and  bought  a  cat  with  the   money  -­ from  "Professions  of  Women" ○ Recognizes  how  she  is  afforded  the  opportunity  to  write;;   socioeconomic  status  is  important Recognizes  the  primary  role  of  women  taking  care  of  the  house  and   ○ children ○ "Angel  in  the  House"-­  metaphor  for  the  struggles  women  face   between  filling  obligations  and  writing → "A  Room  of  One's  Own"  (1929) ○ Based  on  two  papers  presented  to  a  female  audience  at  women's   colleges  with  the  theme  "Women  and  Fiction" ○ Key  points: -­ A  woman  needs  a  room  of  her  own,  time  and  money  in  order   to  write  fiction -­ Few  works  by  women  are  appreciated;;  women  were  often   ridiculed  for  writing -­ Women  should  focus  on  writing  novels  with  new  plots □ Few  plots  that  revolve  around  friendships  between   women -­ Eventually,  women  will  become  great  writers → Chapter  5   ○ Begins  reading  Life's  Adventure   y  Mary  Carmichael   ○ What  is  adventure  about? □ Few  plots  that  revolve  around  friendships  between   women -­ Eventually,  women  will  become  great  writers → Chapter  5   ○ Begins  reading  Life's  Adventur   y  Mary  Carmichael   ○ What  is  adventure  about? -­ "Chloe  liked  Olivia…" □ "do  not  blush.  Let  us  admit  in  the  privacy  of  our  own   society  that  these  things  sometimes  happen.  Sometimes   women  do  like  women"  (pg.  1263) -­ Shocking  idea,  that  Woolf  draws  from  her  own  life ○ What  did  Woolf  think  about  women  writing  like  men? -­ "It  would  be  a  thousand  pities  if  women  wrote  like  men,  or   lived  like  men,  or  looked  like  men"  (p.  1266) ○ What  did  Woolf  think  of  Carmichael  as  a  writer? -­ "She  was  no  genius-­-­that  was  evident"  (pg.  1268) -­ "Considering  that  Mary  Carmichael  was  no  genius,  but  an   unknown  girl  writing  her  first  novel  in-ditting-­room,   without  enough  of  those  desirable  things,  time,  money,  and   idleness,  she  did  not  do  so  badly"  (pg.  1269) -­ Pg.  1269  -­ give  her  these  resources  and  she  will  write  better   "I  wish  you  could  live  in  my  brain  for  a  week,  It's  washed  with  the  most  violent   waves  of  emotion"   -­ Virginia  Woolf


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