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Woolf's AmbiguitiesTonal Modernism, Narrative Strategy, Feminist Precursors$
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Molly Hite

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501714450

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501714450.001.0001

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Tone and Modernism

Tone and Modernism

Jacob’s Room, To the Lighthouse, and The Waves

(p.29) Chapter 2 Tone and Modernism
Woolf's Ambiguities

Molly Hite

Cornell University Press

This chapter considers tone in three of Woolf’s very different narrative experiments. The discussions of each novel suggest how tonal cues both enable and destabilize ethical judgments that readers can feel justified in making. The chapter closes with a section addressing an apparently paradoxical question: What might be good about the ethical uncertainty that Woolf’s writing can prompt?

Keywords:   Jacob’s Room, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, tone, tonal cues, ethics, uncertainty

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