This essay argues that Woolf's engagement with the war's legacy prompted her to represent a new kind of mourning practice, one that spurns consolation and closure. In critiquing the consoling rhetoric of God, king, and country, Jacob's Room articulates a politics and ethics of mourning linked to Woolf's feminist aims. To the Lighthouse turns the question of consolation back upon Woolf's own medium, showing how a female painter deconstructs the notion of redemptive art and represents a perpetual mourning of loss.
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Clewell, Tammy (2004). Consolation Refused: Virginia Woolf, The Great War, and Modernist Mourning. Johns Hopkins University Press 50(1) 197-223. doi: 10.1353/mfs.2004.0002. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/engpubs/131