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Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy

Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy

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  • Author: Jesse Wolfe, California State University, Stanislaus
  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107006041

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  • Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy integrates the studies of three 'inner circle' members of the Bloomsbury group and three 'satellite' figures into a rich narrative of early twentieth-century culture. Wolfe shows how numerous modernist writers felt torn. On the one hand, they doubted the 'naturalness' of Victorian ideas about 'maleness' and 'femaleness,' but on the other hand they understood the value of monogamy and marriage and the value of these institutions to what Freud called the 'middle-class social order.' This ambivalence was a primary source of the writers' aesthetic strength; Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence and others brought the paradoxes of modern intimacy to life, wrestling with them on the page. Combining literary criticism with forays into philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology and the avant-garde art of Vienna, this volume offers a fresh account of the reciprocal relations between historical modernity and artistic modernism.

    • Shows how Woolf's and Freud's avant-garde techniques combine with Forster's more traditionalist ones to enrich Bloomsbury's examinations of intimacy
    • Explains why Bloomsbury's ambivalent attitudes continue to provoke writers and filmmakers today
    • Includes historical, sociological and demographic data enabling readers to see the larger context of the various texts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107006041
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: narrating Bloomsbury
    Part I. Philosophical Backgrounds:
    1. The apostle: yellowy goodness in Bloomsbury's bible
    2. The analyst: Freud's denial of innocence
    Part II. Defeated Husbands:
    3. The Bloomsburian: Forster's missing figures
    4. The adversary: the love that cannot be escaped
    Part III. Domestic Angels:
    5. The Bloomsburian: Woolf's sane woman in the attic
    6. The acolyte: a return to essences
    Conclusion: the prescience of the two Bloomsburies

  • Author

    Jesse Wolfe, California State University, Stanislaus
    Jesse Wolfe is Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Stanislaus.

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