20th Century Rhetoric: Virginia Woolf Notes
20th Century Rhetoric: Virginia Woolf Notes SPCM201
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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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