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Our Separate Drops: A Neurological Look at the Narrative of the Self and Moments of Being in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves

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dc.contributor.advisor Malouf, Michael
dc.contributor.author McNickle, Scott Deacon
dc.creator McNickle, Scott Deacon
dc.date 2014-12-04
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-24T15:28:47Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-24T15:28:47Z
dc.date.issued 2015-03-24
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/9216
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this paper is to provide a cognitive literary reading of Woolf’s depiction of the developing consciousness of her six central characters in The Waves, thereby establishing a plausible neurological explanation for how the individuated sense of self develops through life experience and private interpretation of the external environment. Woolf methodically demonstrates how the body identifies its spatiotemporal relationship to the external world, indirectly describing how the body’s sensory systems interpret its surroundings and incorporates the amassed subjective impressions into a narrative structure. The narrative of the self then reaffirms its existence through its episodic memory, which subsequently influences its selective and subjective perception of the external world. It is only by establishing a feasible construction of the self’s boundaries that Woolf can illustrate the gulf between the private sense of self and the other, which she then transcends into a state of unity during the brief periods of heightened consciousness she termed “moments of being.”
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject consciousness en_US
dc.subject self en_US
dc.subject neurology en_US
dc.subject The Waves en_US
dc.subject Virginia Woolf en_US
dc.subject Moments of Being en_US
dc.title Our Separate Drops: A Neurological Look at the Narrative of the Self and Moments of Being in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in English en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline English en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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