Virginia Woolf and the Lust of Creation: A Psychoanalytic Exploration

Virginia Woolf and the Lust of Creation: A Psychoanalytic Exploration

by Shirley Panken
     
 

ISBN-10: 0887062008

ISBN-13: 9780887062001

Pub. Date: 07/28/1987

Publisher: State University of New York Press

"Every secret of a writer's soul, experience of his life, and quality of his mind is written large in his work." — Virginia Woolf

Panken enables us to read this secret language without doing violence to the artistic integrity of the writing.

Virginia Woolf's continuing need for maternal protection, her physical symptoms, depressive bent, anorexia, and

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"Every secret of a writer's soul, experience of his life, and quality of his mind is written large in his work." — Virginia Woolf

Panken enables us to read this secret language without doing violence to the artistic integrity of the writing.

Virginia Woolf's continuing need for maternal protection, her physical symptoms, depressive bent, anorexia, and suicidal leanings suggest her vulnerability, inner struggle, and masked rage. This book delves into the substrate of Virginia Woolf's emotional dilemmas as well as the subtexts of her novels and shows the confluence between her life and art. It brings new insights into Woolf's struggle to come to grips with her confused personal and sexual identity, into her artistic conscience, and into the conditions and motivations of her suicide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887062001
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1987
Pages:
336

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

I. Introduction

II. "The broken chrysalis": need for maternal protection

III. "Passionate affection for my father alternating with passionate hatred"

IV. "Nessa has all that I should like to have"

V. "I want everything - love, children, adventure, intimacy, work"

VI. "Lying unprotected, she looked like a victim dropped from the claws of a bird of prey" - The Voyage Out

VII. "He seemed like one of those lost birds fascinated by the lighthouse and held to the glass by the splendor of the blaze" - Night and Day

VIII. Elegy to brother: "I think of death sometimes as the end of an excursion I went on when Thoby died" - Jacob's Room

IX. Sane and insane truth: "Human beings hunt in packs ..., desert the fallen" - Mrs. Dalloway

X. "It was a house full of unrelated passions" - To the Lighthouse

XI. "Now a thousand hints and mysteries became plain to her that were primarily hidden - the obscurity which divides the sexes" - Orlando: A Biography

XII. "I ride rough waters and shall sink with no one to save me - more cruel than the old torturers, you will let me fall" - The Waves

XIII. "There must be another life ..., not in dreams but here and now ... with living people" - The Years

XIV. "Oh that our human pain could here have ending" - Between the Acts

XV. Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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