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Street Haunting: Yourcenar Reads Woolf

Author(s): Francheska Zemyarska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Comparative Study of Literature, Philology
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: High modernism; genealogy; reception; point of view; imaginary

Summary/Abstract: The paper traces back how Marguerite Yourcenar’s method of writing, outlined by the idea of multiformis, streams back to Virginia Woolf. Yourcenar’s own genealogy of écriture is much easier to be linked with modernists such as Marcel Proust or Thomas Mann. The comparison between the women writers is based on Yourcenar’s essays on Wolf, written for a specific occasion: Yourcenar’s translation in French of the novel “The Waves”. Through the prism of this biographical detail, the essay explores how Yourcenar adopts Woolf’s technique of “street haunting”. This technique maintains the constant transfer between the inner and the outer space and it can be revealed in the method of aestheticizing the outer world in “Memoirs of Hadrian”. Woolf’s method of inside-outside transfer is developed by Yourcenar’s own work in a way that the external impressions are only a reason for inner reflection.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 24
  • Page Range: 214-225
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian