Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), English modernist writer.

Etymologies

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Woolf +‎ -ian

Examples

  • "An Unwritten Novel" offers the Woolfian detailed eye on a train journey, likewise "The Shooting Party" imagines the significant events that may have led to the opening gambit of the story

    The Mark on the Wall

  • In The Hours Cunningham presented his inner monologues in the sallies and lulls of Woolfian reflection, with its easy reach from the trivial to the sublime, its oscillations of mood.

    Alan Hollinghurst On Michael Cunningham: The New York Review Of Books

  • Her Woolfian Modernism is expressed also in her reluctance to admit the relevance of such personal factors as sex, class and the like, to the artistic process, as a conversation with a fictional (male!) writer in her first novel And Moon in the Valley of Ayalon (Hebrew, 1971) clearly attests.

    Amalia Kahana-Carmon.

  • Veronica's brother Liam has committed suicide in grand Woolfian style but on Brighton seafront, stones in the pocket the lot and having arranged to identify the body and bring him back to Ireland there is the matter of the wake and the funeral to be endured.

    51 entries from August 2007

  • Liam has committed suicide in grand Woolfian style but on Brighton seafront, stones in the pocket the lot and having arranged to identify the body and bring him back to Ireland there is the matter of the wake and the funeral to be endured.

    48 entries from October 2007

  • In grad school we talked about the modernist novel and the breakdown of the narrative line, particularly when writers were trying to represent the Woolfian “halo of perception.”

    Let Me Repeat Myself, Please, Please « Exile on Ninth Street

  • At any rate, the critics seem to agree that this family-deals-with-junkie-son novel is great (scroll down for links), but I found it quite abominable: faux-Woolfian over-dramatization of mundane moments and deep thoughts (my disgust reached an early peak at exactly that mayonnaise moment the Wall Street Journal highlights) crossed with Lifetime Movie of the Week.

    Cost

  • Woolfian greatness of, 157; as Rushdie fan, 157; as disappointing husband, 158-159; as slogger, 158; hypergraphia of, 158

    Who's Who

  • Like Woolf, Kincaid explores character through the Woolfian "halo of perception."

    2006 December « Exile on Ninth Street

  • The quicksilver opening story, a sort of musical overture, "Dressing Up for the Carnival," glides rapidly about an unspecified Canadian city (Shields, an American, lives in Winnipeg, Ontario) with Woolfian bravura: "All over town people are putting on their costumes."

    An Endangered Species

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