Responding to the visual arts and to literature, Woolf focused on pictorial assembly and visual abstraction, rather than imperial manifestations of power, absorbing elements of Oriental aesthetics that confirm not only her consciousness of the Orient but also her artistic practice.
Modernist literature sees fragmentation and extreme subjectivity as an existential crisis, or Freudian internal conflict, a problem that must be solved, and the artist is often cited as the one to solve it.
There is also the harm done to Peter Walsh evident on his return from India, and what has killed, even accidentally, Percival in The Waves. Woolf's "narrative does not just represent a world; it represents as well a mode of producing and a way of valuing that world," which engages the reader in a "rhetoric of reality" 84, He was definitely one of the fathers of the postmodern movement in fiction which has continued undermining the ideas of logical coherence in narration, formal plot, regular time sequence, and psychologically explained characters.
Though pastiche commonly involves the mixing of genres, many other elements are also included metafiction and temporal distortion are common in the broader pastiche of the postmodern novel.
The Waste Land is often cited as a means of distinguishing modern and postmodern literature. With unusual insistence, Chinese portraiture concentrates on the eyes and their arresting expressions.