Woolf, Virginia - Life and Style
Virginia Woolf was born in 1882 in England: she was a member of the Bloomsbury Group, that was characterized by the rejection of artistic conventions: for example, Virginia was interested in giving voice to human beings' inner world of feelings and memories, but, differently from James Joyce, Woolf never lets her characters' thoughts flow without control.
Moreover, she maintains her own language, which does not fit in none of the characters and, at the same time, it's the tool thanks to which she can investigate consciences. In fact her language, for example we can consider "Mrs Dalloway", is full of symbolical meanings, so it's almost more similar to poetry than prose: according to this style, her works are written following a free structure.
Virginia Woolf thinks that impulses come from colors, lights and sounds of the environment and of everything that is around us, then free associations of images and sensations occur in characters' minds, so she's influenced by the recent studies made by Freud. The result is the accumulation of many levels of consciousness, called by Virginia Woolf herself "Moments of Being".