Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

R. Thomas Simone

Second Advisor

Anthony Magistrale

Third Advisor

William Mierse


post-impressionist, modernism, virginia, woolf, lighthouse, painting


Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse" is exemplary of the innovative nature of the modernist aesthetic and the inherent connection that links the literary arts with the visual arts. Her personal life and familial relations - especially with her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell - allowed her to access the world of the visual arts and thus incorporate it strongly into her writing. Through the manipulation of painterly techniques such as value, color, balance, and compositional unity, Woolf's work becomes a painting in itself and pays homage to the ekphrastic nature of all art forms.

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