By Monica Latham (auth.)
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Extra resources for A Poetics of Postmodernism and Neomodernism: Rewriting Mrs Dalloway
Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street’ 155–6) This elaborate, cumulative description of the luxury goods the street displays in Clarissa’s memories is composed of several syntactic, complex sentences. ] ‘That is all’ Mrs Dalloway repeated standing for a moment to look in at a window, at a glove shop, where, before the war,
All these idiosyncratic features – pointed at, criticised, admired and emulated by other writers – form the wellknown fabric of the published novel. The aquatic fluidity of the street (the ‘river’ of Bond street ), the flowing stream of buildings, cars and people (‘The stream was endless – endless – endless’ ) parallels the internal movement of the character’s stream of consciousness indicating incessant musing and conflating many temporal layers and past events of her life. On a smaller scale than in Mrs Dalloway, obviously, Woolf already displays a mastery of building long sentences by means of structures of amassment, as well as an ability to increase poetic range by piling up prosaic details.
The Hours’, Notebook Three, Wussow 212)31 In Mrs Dalloway, Woolf brings together details from the three previous passages – the published version thus appearing more distended and luxuriant – with the notable difference that now Clarissa’s prominent and uninterrupted thoughts about the party take over, the background clock sounds being woven into the narration more smoothly and intricately: Love – but here the other clock, the clock which always struck two minutes after Big Ben, came shuffling in with its lap full of odds and ends, which it dumped down as if Big Ben were all very well with his majesty laying down the law, so solemn, so just, but she must remember all sorts of little things besides – Mrs Marsham, Ellie Henderson, glasses for ices – all sorts of little things came flooding and lapping and dancing in on the wake of that solemn stroke which lay flat like a bar of gold on the sea.
A Poetics of Postmodernism and Neomodernism: Rewriting Mrs Dalloway by Monica Latham (auth.)