The day of Orlando

Randall, B. (2018) The day of Orlando. In: Högberg, E. and Bromley, A. (eds.) Sentencing Orlando: Virginia Woolf and the Morphology of the Modernist Sentence. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474414609 (doi:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414609.001.0001)

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In this chapter, Bryony Randall addresses ideas of temporality, writing and delivery, in which ‘the present moment’ is revealed at the end of the book to be its publication date, ‘Thursday, the eleventh of October, Nineteen hundred and Twenty Eight’. Showing how the concept of the day is as important to Orlando as its excursion through a time-span of 400 years, Randall draws on recent theories of narrative temporality, dailiness and the novel to make a compelling case for Orlando’s ‘final resolution into a concentrated, extended description of a single day as a key part of the text’s undoing of traditional history’.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Randall, Dr Bryony
Authors: Randall, B.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
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