[Vwoolf] Mrs. Dalloway question

Stuart N. Clarke stuart.n.clarke at btinternet.com
Sun Jun 11 16:29:36 EDT 2017

The music (tune) is not necessarily by Strauss.  I have researched and discussed this in a “Virginia Woolf Bulletin”.


From: Neverow, Vara S. 
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:20 PM
To: Lorienne E Schwenk ; vwoolf at lists.osu.edu 
Subject: Re: [Vwoolf] Mrs. Dalloway question

Hi Lorienne,

It's meant to be almost unintelligible, ancient, evocative. J. Hillis Miller in "Mrs. Dalloway: Repetition as the Raising of the Dead" argues that the passage is derived from Richard Strauss's song "Allerseelen" with the words by Hermann von Glim. 

Miller provides a translation of the song, starting with the phrase ee um "Place on the table the perfuming heather" (See Mieke Bal's edited collection Narrative Theory: Special Topics for the rest of the translation at https://books.google.com/books?id=AYMfTq_K7xcC&pg=PA148&dq=ee+um+fah+um+so+foo+swee+too+eem+oo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiI4sWPsrbUAhWF4CYKHabDDAgQ6AEILjAB#v=onepage&q=ee%20um%20fah%20um%20so%20foo%20swee%20too%20eem%20oo&f=false.)

Hope this helps!


Vara Neverow
Department of English
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT 06515
neverowv1 at southernct.edu


From: Vwoolf <vwoolf-bounces at lists.osu.edu> on behalf of Lorienne E Schwenk <singingkitchen at gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 10:57 AM
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Subject: [Vwoolf] Mrs. Dalloway question 

Friends, I have finally made my book club read Virginia Woolf! We will discuss Mrs. Dalloway tomorrow evening.

Could somebody enlighten me about the Latin-ish sounding "ee um fah um so foo swee too eem oo?"

I don't know if I've ever known what that meant...

Thanks, Lorienne


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