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국문제목 『밤과 낮』: 사물 자체에 대한 탐구
영문제목 Night and Day: A Quest for the Thing Itself
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출처 한국제임스조이스학회 , 제임스조이스 저널 | 22권 2호 221 ~ 249, 총 29 pages
22권
22호
발행년 2016
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Night and Day, as a traditional Victorian novel, appears to be about love and marriage: Ralph and Katherine dream about a different kind of relationship between man and woman and their marriage, at the end, symbolizes it. The novelty lies, however, in their fantasy of “transgression.” The protagonists both divide their minds into two: They are decently obedient on the surface, while they hide and release their true feelings and thoughts in privacy. Unlike Virginia Woolf`s later works, these young lovers are deliberately using their dreams to preserve their uninhibited feelings and beliefs in a traditional social world. At the end of the novel, the chaotic mass of lovers seems resolved by the magic power of Mrs. Hilbery in the name of Shakespeare`s Romantic Comedy, As you Like It. But this resolution is not the ridiculously comic deus ex machina. The love story of the novel is actually about how to make connections: between man and woman, night and day, even in life and literature. The novel belatedly reveals the feelings of Katherine and Ralph through the dichotomy of language. Virginia Woolf now paves the way for her formally experimental novels. She does not have to quest for the thing itself. The thing itself is already implicated within the “symmetrical pattern” of language and especially, literature. 

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