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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2019, 2(4); doi: 10.25236/FER.034011.

Gifts of Art in to the Lighthouse of Virginia Woolf


Song Suqing

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Song Suqing

Shanxi University   Shanxi, Taiyuan, China


Woolf, a British modernist female writer, was one of the pioneers of western stream of consciousness novels and feminist literature at the beginning of the 20th century. She portrayed many female artists in the experiment of her stream of consciousness novels. To the Lighthouse, as Virginia Woolf's masterpiece, highlights the role of artists and art in the gift economy. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the gift-giving phenomenon of creative art in the novel from the perspective of economy, and to explore the gender relationship and class relationship in order to recongnize Woolf's understanding of commodity economy and interpersonal relationship. And expand the meaning space of this classic work.


to the lighthouse ; art; gifts; gender; class

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Song Suqing. Gifts of Art in to the Lighthouse of Virginia Woolf. Frontiers in Educational Research (2019) Vol. 2 Issue 4: 7-10. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.034011.


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