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    Orlando: An Exploration of the In-Between Spaces of Gender and Love

    When most people think of Virginia Woolf, they tend to think of her signature stream of consciousness style expressed in novels like Mrs. Dalloway, (which I have already written about). But my first encounter of Woolf was actually through one of her lesser known works. Orlando occupies a rather strange place in the Woolf canon. Written after the famous Mrs. Dalloway where Woolf was already transitioning into and developing her signature style, comes this novel. On a surface reading, the style seems to embody a more traditional style. But far from being a slave to convention, the writing of Orlando is more subtly insubordinate. It is also a product of…

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    Mrs. Dalloway: An Introspective Portrait of Life

    It seems oddly fitting in some ways that in these confusing times we are all living in I would pick up Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway, a work that confused and still continues to confuse readers and critics alike, even today in the 21st century. Despite defying categorization, Woolf definitely has her admirers, and her experimental style continues to garner praise for its unconventionality. But of course there are also detractors. Woolf is an author that is sometimes not always to everyone’s taste. A lot of people might even now deride some of the very things that once made her work so revolutionary, and instead of applauding it for its…

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    Middlemarch: A Monumental Undertaking

    Judging by its sheer size alone, it is little wonder that many people express intimidation upon viewing what is widely regarded as George Eliot’s greatest literary achievement: Middlemarch. Deemed by many as “the greatest English novel” Eliot’s classic social commentary on middle-class Britain is considered a premier example of Victorian fiction. Despite the seeming quaintness and self-containedness of its setting, the story is in no way hampered by myopia as some might expect; on the contrary, Eliot manages to sketch and portray a wide array of distinct characters. It is difficult to distill Middlemarch down to a basic summary. It is at once a critique of religion, politics and class,…