Archive for November, 2013

Blog #122: Combining The Antiquary and “The Fisherman’s Wife” in To the Lighthouse

TweetList of Matremoirs List of Patremoirs Children of Writers Still no Steven Cohan. His essay is in Women & Literature, a journal no longer easily accessible, and I have had to resort to interlibrary loans to get a copy. It might be weeks yet before I get to read his thoughts on The Antiquary and [...]

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Blog #121: To see The Antiquary in To the Lighthouse is not apophenia

TweetList of Matremoirs List of Patremoirs Children of Writers Beyond introducing the tragedy of a son’s sudden death, what is The Antiquary doing in To the Lighthouse? I talked about The Antiquary’s primary purpose as a counterweight to the “Fisherman’s Wife” tale, but that is wrong—too mechanistic and programmatic. Virginia used harmonies and played one [...]

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Blog #120: Doris Lessing…A Brief Biography

TweetList of Matremoirs List of Patremoirs Children of Writers Doris Lessing: October 22, 1919-November 17, 2013 Perhaps to suggest a link between her birthplace and her writing career, many biographers and reviewers of Doris Lessing like to point out that she was born in Kermansha, Persia, in 1919. Certainly Lessing had a very exotic, very [...]

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Blog #119: To the Lighthouse and The Antiquary when reason drops the reins

TweetList of Matremoirs List of Patremoirs Children of Writers I’ve not yet finished The Antiquary, and so will wait a while longer before weighing or measuring it against “The Fisherman’s Wife” fairytale. Instead, I’ll try to set down other thoughts sparked by the reading of Scott, in particular thoughts relating to Virginia. The Antiquary is [...]

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Blog #118: Seeing Clearly in Wuthering Heights, Heart of Darkness, A Passage to India, and To the Lighthouse

TweetList of Matremoirs List of Patremoirs Children of Writers Wuthering Heights ‘Ah, your favourites are among these?’ I continued, turning to an obscure cushion full of something like cats. ‘A strange choice of favourites!’ she observed scornfully. Unluckily, it was a heap of dead rabbits. I hemmed once more, and drew closer to the hearth, [...]

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Blog #117: To the Lighthouse and the Tale of “The Fisherman’s Wife

TweetList of Matremoirs List of Patremoirs Children of Writers Today’s “rickety and ramshackle fabric” will be run up around the framework of “The Fisherman’s Wife.” My construction method will be similar to the one I used for the refrigerator, and my experiences in making sense of the refrigerator should help me round my fairytale investigations [...]

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