The film is shot around the streets of London, as well as at the British Library and at Gordon Square in Bloomsbury where Virginia and her siblings lived in the early 20th century.
Newspapers seemed different.’ There are major changes in English society as well. In a famous essay called ‘Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown’ (1924), she argued that since 1920, ‘all human relations have shifted – those between masters and servants, husbands and wives, parents and children.
Alex Zwerdling has argued that indeed is a ‘sharply critical’ examination of the ‘governing class’ at the turning-point of its power. And when human relations change, there is at the same time a change in religion, conduct, politics, and literature.’ Neither character nor these relationships, she maintained, could be sufficiently represented by the literary conventions of the Edwardians, such as reliance on material evidence and external fact.
In planning the novel, Woolf had wished ‘to criticise the social system, and to show it at work, at its most intense’.
Five years have passed since the Armistice, and Peter Walsh, returning for the first time since the war, is struck by the changes: ‘People looked different. Woolf also wanted to connect the class system and the gender system, linking the subordination of the working class to the subordination of women.