Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2012 Emily Lauren Hanna
My thesis is about Virginia Woolf’s novels, Mrs. Dalloway, The Waves, and To the Lighthouse. I examine these novels in relation to the theories of Henri Bergson, William James, and Sigmund Freud, and the groundwork of Modernism. I relate Woolf's use of water imagery and stream of consciousness technique to Bergson’s theory of “la durée,” or psychological, subjective time, James’ “stream of consciousness” theory in psychology, and Freud’s theory of the “oceanic” feeling of religious experience.
Hanna, Emily Lauren, "'I Am Rooted, But I Flow': Virginia Woolf and 20th Century Thought" (2012). Scripps Senior Theses. 97.