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Personal Identity and Particles: The Relativity of Time, Internal Fluidity, and Social Progress in Orlando

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Riley Eyring

University of Portland, US
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This essay examines the structural choices Virginia Woolf makes in Orlando to mirror her prose with the relative models of time the protagonist experiences throughout the story. Comparing the leading theories in particle physics at the time Woolf wrote to her work shows that she was aware of these developments and incorporated this knowledge into her writing. Specifically, the relativity of time is used to mirror the relative nature of Orlando’s identity, as they change from man to woman throughout the course of the novel.

How to Cite: Eyring, R., 2022. Personal Identity and Particles: The Relativity of Time, Internal Fluidity, and Social Progress in Orlando. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 14(2), pp.1–19. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2168-0620.0390
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Published on 02 Jun 2022.
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