Becoming Light: Releasing Woolf from the Modernists Through the Theories of Giles Deleuze and FÃ©lix Guattari
Landefeld, Ronnelle Rae
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Critics of Virginia Woolfâ s fiction have tended to focus their arguments on one of the following five cruxes: Woolfâ s personal biography, the role of art, the nature of reality, the structure of her novels, or they focus their arguments on gender-based criticism. Often, when critics attempt to explain Woolf through any of these categories, they succeed in constructing borders around her writing that minimize the multiplicities outside them. Post-structuralist theory helps to open up difference in Woolfâ s writing, specifically, the theories of Giles Deleuze and FÃ©lix Guattari. Their book, A Thousand Plateaus, allows readers of Woolfâ s novel, To the Lighthouse, outside the confines some past critics have put around it. I apply select Deleuze and Guattarian metaphors to Woolfâ s To the Lighthouse in order that multiplicities of the novel stand out. The Deleuze and Guattarian metaphors that are most successful in opening up difference in To the Lighthouse are strata; the Body without Organs; becoming; milieu and rhythm; and smooth and striated spaces.
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