GODS AND BELIEVERS IN “MRS. DALLOWAY” (A COGNITIVE STUDY OF V. WOOLF’S RELIGIOUS CONCEPTS)
The article deals with topical issues of religious worldview and its interaction with national culture and individual artistic worldviews as crystallized in the language of literature. It presents a vigorous study of some religious concepts in Virginia Woolf’s artistic worldview which have previously been overlooked. The concepts “God” and “believer” are studied by means of conceptual interpretation to explicate their essential semantics. Several conceptual layers represented by corresponding sets of cognitive features reflect various types of religious worldview and are presented in a resulting table. The only cognitive feature of the concept “God” in which all conceptual layers overlap is “individual”. The author comes to the conclusion that V. Woolf with her modernist broad-mindedness asserts that religion is a highly personal issue; and the main questions that are placed before an individual are whether his “god” is benevolent or antagonistic and what provides the meaning of his own life.