Consolation Refused: Virginia Woolf, The Great War, and Modernist Mourning
Modern Fiction Studies
mourning, bereavement, Great War
English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles | Psychological Phenomena and Processes | Psychology | Social Psychology and Interaction
This essay argues that Woolf's engagement with the war's legacy prompted her to represent a new kind of mourning practice, one that spurns consolation and closure. In critiquing the consoling rhetoric of God, king, and country, Jacob's Room articulates a politics and ethics of mourning linked to Woolf's feminist aims. To the Lighthouse turns the question of consolation back upon Woolf's own medium, showing how a female painter deconstructs the notion of redemptive art and represents a perpetual mourning of loss.
Clewell, Tammy (2004). Consolation Refused: Virginia Woolf, The Great War, and Modernist Mourning. Modern Fiction Studies 50(1), 197-223. doi: 10.1353/mfs.2004.0002 Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.kent.edu/engpubs/131
Johns Hopkins University Press