Phenomenological Exploration of Virginia Woolf's Spiritual World
the paper presents a phenomenological reading of Virginia Woolf's art, using the thought of Henri Bergson, Karl Jaspers, and Georges Poulet. Through their tradition of viewing human life as being-in-the-world (Existenz) I examine Woolf's search for transcendence in her fiction through presentation of personal notions of reality and the constitution of characters/selfs. Her ideas of the self as represented in art uncover ways in which character/selves gain access to transcendence in "moments of being". In addition, this reaching for the numinous unfolds a pattern of connectedness in all things, thus creating in spite of her avowal of atheism a spiritual world.
Keywords: Literature, Literary Studies, Philosophy, Aesthetics
Dr. Annette Allen
Associate Professor of Humanities, University of Louisville, USA, Director, Humanities Ph.D program and Masters in Humanities and Civic Leadership, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, University of Louisville