About the author: Marjorie Hellerstein received her PhD from New York University. She has taught at Fenn College, Cleveland, Boston University, and Massachusetts College of Art as Professor of Humanities and Literature.2001 0-7734-7421-8
There were many paradoxes Virginia Woolf had to resolve in her fiction writing: how to bring readers into close touch with life and yet keep them at a distance by means of the special life in fiction; how to follow the details of real life and yet symbolize meaning; how to write prose and yet discharge some of the functions of poetry. Consciousness was her way of contending with the paradoxes – consciousness by the characters of their unique selves, of the influence and interaction of other characters, a flow of inner consciousness. The consciousnesses are not abstract; they are always connected to a phenomenal world of action, environment, and time.