|저자||김정||출처||제임스 조이스 저널||페이지|
|발행년도||2004년도||총||10권 1호||참조||제임스 조이스 저널|
To Edith Hope Who Was Locked in Hotel du Lac,
from Virginia Woolf
This paper consists of three fictional letters of Virginia Woolf to Edith Hope, the heroine of Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner. Choosing an epistolary form as a way of writing a thesis is intentional under the presumption that this kind of new attempt fits to maximize the efficacy of Virginia Woolf’s writing technique which has been proved already by her ardent innovation of the form and contents of the novel.
Woolf asks in her work A Room of One’s Own, “Are you aware that you [women] are, perhaps, the most discussed animal in the universe?” Ironically, her heated question, now aims at herself making her “perhaps, the most discussed woman in the universe.” The extensive, sometimes distorted, representations of Virginia Woolf give her a contested place to become a ‘cultural icon.’ This proliferation of her meanings throughout various media -including intellectual spheres and the more popular culture- transformed Woolf into a multifaceted iconic figure.
Among others, in Hotel du Lac Woolf acquired the iconic status from Edith Hope who owns the image and status of Virginia Woolf as her own emblem without any explanatory identification. She likes nothing better than to be mistaken for Woolf. Edith, who writes romantic stories, adopts as a literary icon a popular conception of Woolf, to define both her public and private personae. But her choice is ironic. Her public Woolf persona receives little approbation from others. Moreover, Edith is never presented reading or reflecting on a Woolf text. This refusal, this tacit manipulation challenges the reader to confront what constitutes Virginia Woolf in the novel. This paper has grown out of that sense of challenge, and an attempt of vindication has been made.
In the first letter, Woolf asks why she has become a role model for Edith and discusses the cause and effect of it. The second letter examines the novel Hotel du Lac as a whole under the critical eye of the eminent writer of The Common Reader and traces the heroine’s circumscribed life. Finally in the third letter Woolf gives integral advice to Edith and Brookner that what she has done is an attempt not only to vindicate herself but encourage the author, Brookner, to further the relationships through literary works that we have bred and continue to breed.
주제어: 편지글, 아니타 브루크너, 교란적 존재, 문화적 아이콘, 영국적 유산, 호텔 듀락,
간격, 결여, 상대적 정체성, 버지니아 울프.