Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
In this thesis I explore the roles of silence in Virginia Woolf’s last novel, Between the Acts (1941). I focus on three readings of silence in the text. First, I consider her portrayal of malicious silences as unsaid judgments and aggressions and their impact on interpersonal relationships and interactions. Second, I look at detached, empty silence and its relation to the critical passivity Woolf noted in her audience in the early years of WWII. Finally, I consider silence as feminist resistance to traditional narratives through the intertwined experiences of Isa and Miss La Trobe.
Epprecht, Elizabeth F., "The Roles of Silence in Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts" (2018). Scripps Senior Theses. 1191.