The Association of Characters and Windows of Focalization in Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Document Type : Original Article


University of Arak



Focalization is a narratological element, the angle, from which the events of story are oriented. Manfred Jahn has innovated the term “focalization windows”, defined as imaginary windows opened from the consciousness of the characters and the narrator of a story. Besides, thanks to “variable focalization”, in Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf the windows constantly switch from one character to the other. One can call up different groups of markers, which indicate the switchings of these windows; nonetheless, the thematic focus of this article is to debate how psychological and social association of characters function in the shifts of focalization windows in the light of Jahn’s approach.