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Bringing Your Soul to Work by Cheryl Peppers, Alan Briskin

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image3Soul As a Chorus of Inner Voices

How queer to have so many selves.

How bewildering.

—VIRGINIA WOOLF

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IN THE 1920s, English fiction writer Virginia Woolf made a major contribution toward understanding the structure of the personality through her technique of character development. Moving beyond dialogue between people, Woolf brought forward the dialogue within oneself as a way to reveal the inner complexity of a character. Through stream of consciousness, the reader could listen in on the protagonist’s interior dialogue. Thus the story shifts to an inner drama, played out among the character’s multiplicity of selves. Woolf’s appeal, no doubt, ...

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