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Materiality and Architecture in the Novels of Virginia Woolf

posted on 09.05.2022, 23:52 by CLAIRE JOYCE GRANT
This thesis addresses the influence of built structures on our interpretation of the world. This project concerns architecture and the built environment in the novels of Virginia Woolf. The aim of the research is to investigate the architectural settings and spaces evoked through description in the narrative. I study the places Virginia Woolf writes about and show how the narrative is evoked through the built environment, as well as objects contained therein. In this project, I assert that architecture and narrative reinforce one another. From this premise, I ask wider questions concerning the relationship between Woolf’s literary encounters with the built environment. I examine the theorisation of architecture and endeavour to contextualise it via Woolf’s architectural areas, street structures, non-domestic and domestic buildings.


Principal supervisor

Andrew Hock Soon Ng

Additional supervisor 1

Christopher Worth

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Monash Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type


Campus location



Faculty of Arts

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