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59 Indeed, the interpretation of mysticism which Jantzen opposes, and to which she suggests an alternative, strongly resembles that reading of the mystical which Goldman resists in response to Marcus. ’60 Her concern is that ‘a study of two paradigm Christian mystics,’ conducted in her article, ‘radically undermines the characterisation which contemporary philosophy inherited from romanticism via James . . indd 23 11/22/2013 3:26:46 PM 24 a mystical philosophy of mystical encounter, while the voices and visions and other such of James’ apparently definitive ‘psychic phenomena’ are considered neither as proof of God’s closeness, nor as experiences to be sought by the mystic.

108 Yet the next moment, these mystical questions re-emerge. indd 30 11/22/2013 3:26:47 PM mysticism in virginia woolf 31 Three years later, in 1930, we recall, Woolf writes that ‘If I could stay in bed another fortnight . . I believe I should see the whole of The Waves . . I believe these illnesses are in my case – how shall I express it? ’109 Partly mystical: to which she attributes, as with Russell’s definition, the sudden wholeness of her intuitive vision. Woolf ’s treatment of the mystical in these instances conveys, consistently with the insights of previous studies of her work, a deep scepticism of naïve or comforting visions of unity, completeness, order, or the suggestion of an arch-narrative for life.

109 Partly mystical: to which she attributes, as with Russell’s definition, the sudden wholeness of her intuitive vision. Woolf ’s treatment of the mystical in these instances conveys, consistently with the insights of previous studies of her work, a deep scepticism of naïve or comforting visions of unity, completeness, order, or the suggestion of an arch-narrative for life. The extent to which such reservations constitute a genuine critique of the kind of mysticism with which the next part of this study will be concerned, will become clear.

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