Lisa Starks, Ph. D. Instructor, College of Arts and Sciences
Joyce Karpay, Ph.D. Instructor, College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Virginia Woolf was tortured by limitations in her both life and writing. What modem critics now see as innovative and unique aspects of her style, she identified as flaws. Besides never being able to find a perfect balance between intellect and expression in her writing, Woolf also found limitations within language. Sue Roe explains that through her essays on silence, Woolf "expressed her sense that the English language was no longer equipped to suggest the nuances of emotional and psychological insight" (14). To her, modem English is not expansive enough to express the emotions that lingered inside the human soul.
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