Archive for March 14th, 2011

But I cannot kill the angel in the house
Even in my wildest heart
I cannot kill the angel in the house
The angel in the house, the angel in the house
– “The Angel in the House” by The Story

Here’s another album with a title track inspired by Virginia Woolf. This one mixes ’60s-style folk with an undercurrent of jazz and Latin touches, according to Todayonline.

It’s called The Angel in the House and is performed by The Story. It was originally released in 1993. Liner notes explain the literary thoughts underlying the individual songs.

For Woolf, the “Angel in the House” was the ever-virtuous, long-suffering wife and mother who sacrificed her own needs and desires to meet those of her husband and family. In the process, she would also sacrifice her ability to create as a writer and artist.

Woolf borrowed the concept from the Coventry Patmore poem and criticized it in her 1931 paper, “Professions for Women,” which she read to the Women’s Service League.

You can read the lyrics to the title track and listen to it here.

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There were 40-plus references to Virginia Woolf in the news during the past 10 days. I don’t know if that is because it is Women’s History Month or because this is the month in which she died, but the hits have been flooding in. Here’s the list:
  1. Lesbian relationship examined in writer’s literatureThe Ranger
    Rando uses novels from Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, John Dos Passos and Virginia Woolf to explore how their writings established experimental space to represent experiences with hope and faithfulness. He introduced his lecture by saying he approaches . . .
  2. Book Review: Five Bells by Gail JonesBlogcritics.org (blog)
    the most well-developed character, imagines the arc of Circular Quay, to the circular ending where she is falling asleep imagining the Quay and trying to remember to phone her old lover James, the book reminded me of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves.
  3. Children to be seen and heard at lastThe Guardian
    To reconcile this awkward fact, Virginia Woolf came up with a neat analytical formula. The Alice books, she said, are not “books for children. They are the only books in which we become children.” Arguably, not until Dahl do we find a writer – at heart . . .
  4. Between The Covers: 13/03/2011Independent
    George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando climbed 10000 places last year having been discussed on My Life in Books. Will this, and the strong audiences for both programmes, convince the BBC that every year should be a year of books?
  5. Jude Dibia returns with ‘Blackbird’NEXT
    My literal influences include Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and a handful of African writers like Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta and Cyprian Ekwensi. My first career high point . . . (more…)

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