Rubenstein, Roberta. “’I Meant Nothing by the Lighthouse’: Virginia Woolf’s Poetics of Negation.” Journal of Modern Literature. Issue (2008): 36-53. Document.
For me, this article seemed to create a relationship between Woolf’s mental illness and her writing. Rubenstein seems to do a great job of detailing Woolf’s illness and description of her condition through the article in addition to exploring the Lighthouse and the relationship between the two. It was a very interesting dynamic that was explored by examining both Woolf’s mental state and the Lighthouse together.
The concept I found most interesting is the idea of disassociation for Woolf. We usually see this idea of disassociation with people who have experienced deep philological trauma which is usually a trigger of some kind. It can also often times be partnered with conditions such as PTSD.
For me, the language was not particularly hard, it was the was the ideas and concepts were presented in the language that I found challenging. I did my best to identify the key concept of Woolf’s mental illness, the Lighthouse and the idea of exploring the two with disassociation, but it was the type of article I needed to read a couple times over to really even start to get a gist of the deeper meaning.