Thesis Title: Woolf, Wordsworth, and the Victorians
Since the appearance of Steve Ellis’s monograph on Virginia Woolf and the Victorians (2007), interest in Woolf’s response to Victorian culture has been revived. My thesis takes Ellis’s notion of Woolf as a ‘post-Victorian’ and looks specifically at her Wordsworthian inheritance, exploring the influence of her father, Leslie Stephen, and the legacy of Wordsworth in the late nineteenth century. I track Woolf’s response to Wordsworth through her writings on Post-Impressionism, literary composition, and landscape. In doing so, I reconsider Woolf’s relationship to the nineteenth century in terms of dialogue rather than rupture, viewed through the unifying power of Wordsworth.