International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2016)

Spatial Form in Modern Literature seen through Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway


Priyanka Miglani

The article discusses the American literary scholar, Joseph Frank’s concept of the “spatialization of form”-a literary instrument that asseverates the preponderant role played by space as regards temporal depiction in a narrative-by dint of an illustration viz. the modernist novel, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway wherein the narratorial depiction of the act of an aeroplane skywriting over London streets concomitant to the narratorial depiction of the journey of the official car of the Queen of England moving about London streets functions as an effectual structural device enabling the narrative to showcase to the readers multifarious scenes exteriorizing simultaneously in time and space together with allowing it to evince the ripostes of diverse characters who are all reacting differently but at the same time to the same scene transpiring in front of their eyes and to interlock the lives of these characters located in disparate space and physical loci. Frank’s “spatialization of form” materializes in an enormously conspicuous instance in the aforementioned scene in the modernist novel.

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How to cite this article:
Priyanka Miglani. Spatial Form in Modern Literature seen through Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. International Journal of English Research. 2016; 2(4): 42-43.