Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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This thesis considers the impact of classical antiquity on the literary aesthetic of Virginia Woolf by focusing on the educational and theoretical assumptions that allowed Woolf to create her most experimental work, The Waves. Inspired by her brother Thoby Stephen and her tutor Janet Case, Woolf enjoyed a very strong and fertile relationship with the writers of antiquity, and she continued to return to them throughout her life for both conceptual and structural models. In her essays on the Greeks in particular, Woolf praises the ancients for achieving those things that she so longs to see accomplished in the works of the Moderns, especially their true representation of character and their exploration of the psychological. Her appropriation of Greek drama, Greek and Latin philosophy, and Latin neoteric poetry in The Waves, however, suggests more than mere appreciation. Woolf also clearly valued them as instruments for realizing her own aesthetic vision.
Antiquity; Appropriation; Nightingale Sings; Virginia; Waves; Woolf
Literature, Modern; Comparative literature; British literature; English literature--Irish authors; Irish literature
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Hoff, Neta Luree, "The nightingale sings anew: The appropriation of antiquity in Virginia Woolf's "The Waves"" (2002). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1427.
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