Virginia Woolf, nèe Stephen (1882-1941) grew up in a literary and intellectual atmosphere, especially water represented two things: one the one hand what is harmonious and feminine, on the other hand the possibility of the resolution of intolerable conflicts in death. She became a member of the Bloomsbury Group, that included the avant-garde of early 20th--century London. She wrote the novel “Mrs Dalloway” in 1925, “To the Lighthouse” in 1927 and “Orlando” in 1928. After the second World War, her anxiety came to the surface, so she became haunted by the terror of losing her mind and she drowned herself in a river.
A modernist novelist
V.Woolf was interested in giving voice to the interior world of feelings, so the events that traditionally made up a story were no longer so important, and she emphasizes the impression that those events make on the characters. Her novels haven’t got the omniscient narrator and the point of view shifted inside the protagonists’ mind, because she thought that the mind received a myriad of impression “with the sharpness of steel”.
As for Joyce, also for V.Woolf subjective reality came to be identified with the “stream of consciousness”. Virginia’s characters don’t rattle off their thoughts, and there is a logical and grammatical organization. Her “moments of being” are similar to Joyce’s epiphanies, but he was more interested in language experimentation, while she used a poetic and allusive lexicon.