Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Randy Malamud - Chair
Margaret Mills Harper
The First World War wrought untold destruction on the physical and psychological landscape of Europe. For Britain, the immediate post-war period represented no less than a national “nostos,” or homecoming, and few social institutions were so fragmented by the conflict as the home. This thesis will explore the various conceptions of “home,” from the nation and the domestic sphere to post-war consciousness, through the lens of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier. Though unique in style and scope, Woolf and West interrogate and revise pre-war notions of “home” and suggest a Modernist aesthetic of what it is to be both at “home” and at home in the world.
Strom, James Harper, "Modernist Aesthetics of "Home" in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Rebecca West's the Return of the Soldier" (2009). English Theses. Paper 70.