GLITS (Goldsmiths Literature Seminar)
Susan Watson (Goldsmiths)
The sense of things coming over and over and yet changing: reading and re-reading 'The Waves'
'But when I finally sat down at my desk, with paper in front of me, it was no use. There was that title: History and Continuity in the Novels of Virginia Woolf. It was authoritative and professional and I more or less knew what my tutor had meant – there was a lot of both history and continuity in Woolf’s novels.
It was those words history and continuity, the register of them, rather than their actual meanings. They did not have anything to say to the novels that I had just been reading in the way that I had been reading them. I had to produce something, so after several desperate floundering first paragraphs, each of them crumpled and thrown away in succession, I finally decided to simply write – something. Anything. What did I find interesting about the novels, the writing, of Virginia Woolf?'
This paper is an experiment in ‘creative criticism’. It describes one reader’s experience of reading and re-reading Virginia Woolf’s novel 'The Waves'.
Susan Watson is working towards a PhD in Creative Writing. She is completing a collection of poems and lyric essays that respond to and pursue a dialogue with the work of other writers, particularly D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. The critical component of her research is a study of the work of Anne Carson, who also writes about other writers.
Dates & times
|12 Jan 2017||6:30pm - 8:00pm|
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