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Woolf's Ambiguities: Tonal Modernism, Narrative Strategy, Feminist Precursors

Molly Hite


This study argues that the greatest formal innovation in Virginia Woolf’s fiction is the muting, complicating or effacing of tonal cues: textual pointers guiding how readers feel and make ethical judgments about characters and events. Much of Woolf’s narrative prose thus refrains from endorsing a single position, not only adding value ambiguity to the cognitive ambiguity associated with modernist fiction generally, but explicitly rejecting the polemical intent of feminist novelists in the generation preceding her own. This book contends that these novelists, especially the writer, actress and ... More

Keywords: ambiguity, tonal cues, ethics, modernism, polemic, Elizabeth Robins, feminism, A Room of One’s Own, Ancilla’s Share, Mrs. Dalloway, The Voyage Out, The Pargiters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501714450
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501714450.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Molly Hite, author