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(In)sane Dissolution of Illusion: Trauma, Boundary, and Recovery in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

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Title: (In)sane Dissolution of Illusion: Trauma, Boundary, and Recovery in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway
Author: McDonald, Jessica J.
Advisor: Finley, C. Stephen
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: Using Freudian psychoanalysis and trauma theory to read Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway as a text of recovery battling the trauma of the Great War, this essay examines Woolf's characterization of Septimus as a victim of shell-shock and his liminal position within society. Figuring prominently in this analysis are the shifting of temporalities and the elimination of boundaries, ultimately allowing the simultaneous blurring and juxtaposition of Septimus and Clarissa to create a collective testament to the egregious error of presumed immunity to war.
Subject: War in literature
Subject: Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: World War, 1914-1918 -- Literature and the war
Subject: Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941. Mrs. Dalloway
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/637

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McDonald, Jessica J.. "(In)sane Dissolution of Illusion: Trauma, Boundary, and Recovery in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway". 2006. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/637.

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