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Virginia Woolf, in her novel To the Lighthouse, portrays memory progressing in a spiral motion. In this motion, a single memory, event, or moment in time, is captured and relived. These memories are initiated by present events similar to past experiences. Therefore, memories are a series of reoccurring events on a personal timeline that are altered slightly with each reconstruction, an experience that I will refer to as altered recurrence. Through altered recurrence, Woolf depicts art as a result of the creator’s memory; yet, this pattern of memory also deems the work obsolete.
Lamb, Heather, "Altered Recurrence in To The Lighthouse" (2014). Honors Theses. 5.
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