Archive for August, 2012

Blog # 64: To the Lighthouse: The Importance of Being Ibsen and not Albert Sorel

TweetAs names so often are–even Virginia’s–the name of this blog is misleading. There will be very little musing about Ibsen and Sorel and how Virginia’s substitution of Ibsen for Sorel (in the To the Lighthouse holograph draft, Tansley repeatedly ruminates on Sorel and his history of the French Revolution) affects our response to To the [...]

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Blog #63: Why a Lily by any other name would not be Lily Briscoe.

TweetTime to play the Lighthouse name game with the Lily of Lily Briscoe. Playing with Lily is much more difficult than playing with Briscoe, as Lily is a ubiquitous name, and it must have carried dozens if not hundreds of associations for Virginia. To consider the Lily is to consider far more than chastity, virtue [...]

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Blog # 62: A Goblin Lighthouse: Virginia Woolf and Christina Rossetti

TweetWhite and golden Lizzie stood, Like a lily in a flood,— Like a rock of blue-vein’d stone Lash’d by tides obstreperously,— Like a beacon left alone In a hoary roaring sea, Sending up a golden fire,— Like a fruit-crown’d orange-tree White with blossoms honey-sweet Sore beset by wasp and bee,— Like a royal virgin town [...]

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Blog #61: The Reverend John Skinner and Andre Gerard

TweetToday’s is a cautionary blog, a blog with which to caution myself. My Virginia explorations have led me to the Reverend John Skinner. In Virginia’s examination of this 19th century reverend’s diary, I see a warning: Virginia is in danger of becoming my Camalodunum. I must be careful not to let my interest in Virginia’s [...]

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