'Putting Words on the Backs of Rhythm' : Woolf, 'Street Music', and The Voyage Out
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This essay explores Virginia Woolf's representation of rhythm in two early texts-her neglected 1905 essay 'Street Music' and her first novel, The Voyage Out (1915). It teases out the texts' characterisations of musical, literary, bodily and urban rhythms, considering their implications for a theory of literary rhythm more broadly. Arguing that rhythm has a central place in Woolf's writing practice, prose style and theories of writing, the essay charts the relationship between rhythm, individuality and literary value in these texts, and in selected correspondence, diary extracts, essays and fiction.
Sutton , E S 2010 , ' 'Putting Words on the Backs of Rhythm' : Woolf, 'Street Music', and The Voyage Out ' Paragraph , vol 33 , no. 2 , pp. 176-196 . DOI: 10.3366/E0264833410000830
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