‘We cease to be soldiers in the army of the upright; we become deserters’

‘…Woolf saw that a subjective perspective was required to make sense of how death continues to inflect the mood of a generation. Mourning, as Sigmund Freud also realised at a similar point, is ongoing, illusory work. What is remarkable about her writing is that Woolf draws our attention to how death pushes us beyond what we can know. In this unknowing, we are forced to admit that our lives are more fragile and dependent on the lives of others.’

Cardiff University’s Jess Cotton will be one of our guests guiding us through To The Lighthouse at Cardiff BookTalk next week. In this article from The Conversation, she considers the impact that the 1918-19 outbreaks of Spanish Flu had on Woolf’s work.

https://theconversation.com/virginia-woolf-writing-death-and-illness-into-the-national-story-of-post-first-world-war-britain-157925

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