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But, crucially, Woolf will embrace what is ‘left out’ by purer, more hygienic depictions of reality, particularly the anxieties confronting the human subject as she tries to interpret the shape (or lack of shape) of that life experienced in consciousness. This determination to balance the impersonal and personal in her art is reflected in a comment of 1928: The poets succeeding by simplifying: practically everything is left out. I want to put practically everything in; yet to saturate. That is what I want to do in The Moths.
Then she adds, ‘I believe these illnesses are in my case – how shall I express it? – partly mystical. Something happens in my mind. It refuses to go on registering impressions. It shuts itself up. It becomes chrysalis . . Then suddenly something springs. Two nights ago Vita was here . . indd 20 11/22/2013 3:26:46 PM mysticism in virginia woolf 21 1926–1930) suggest the consistent, if subtle, self-designation of a mystical genre to Woolf ’s thought and work. Consequently, Goldman’s claim, of Woolf, that ‘her celebration of the powers of imaginative and communicative reason here marks her out as a rational rather than a mystical writer,’41 is premature.
Goldman’s objection to the idea that Woolf might be influenced by ‘visions’ and ‘voices’, and the irrational associations of this claim, constitutes a refutation of identifiably religious mystical insights in Woolf ’s literature only insofar as Goldman assumes Marcus’ emphasis on these ‘psychic phenomena’ (the constituents of religious experience conceived in James’ ‘narrow’ sense) to be definitive of the mystical: and, according to Jantzen, this interpretation is radically flawed. ’68 Jantzen’s perspective has epistemological consequences for Goldman’s (and, as the second part of this chapter will show, the Russellian empiricist’s) assumption that the mystical and rational are opposed.