Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury avant-garde : war, civilization, modernity / Christine Froula.

By: Froula, Christine, 1950-Material type: TextTextSeries: Gender and culture: Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2005Description: xvii, 428 p. ; 24 cmISBN: 0231134444 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780231134446 (cloth : alk. paper)Subject(s): Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation | Bloomsbury (London, England) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century | World War, 1914-1918 -- Literature and the war | Women and literature -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century | Experimental fiction, English -- History and criticism | Avant-garde (Aesthetics) -- England -- London | Modernism (Literature) -- England -- London | Civilization, Modern, in literature | Bloomsbury groupDDC classification: 823/.912 LOC classification: PR6045.O72 | Z6435 2005Other classification: 18.05
Contents:
Civilization and "my civilisation" : Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury avant-garde -- Rachel's Great War : civilization, sacrifice, and the enlightenment of women in Melymbrosia and The voyage out -- The death of Jacob Flanders : Greek illusion and modern war in Jacob's room -- Mrs. Dalloway's postwar elegy : women, war, and the art of mourning -- Picture the world : the quest for the thing itself in To the lighthouse -- A fin in a waste of waters : women, genius, freedom in Orlando, A room of one's own, and The waves -- The sexual life of women: experimental genres, experimental publics from The Pargiters to The years -- St. Virginia's epistle to an English gentleman : sex, violence, and the public sphere in Three guineas -- The play in the sky of the mind : Between the acts of civilization's masterplot.
Review: "An ambitious account of her major writings in relation to important currents in British intellectual life in the first half of the twentieth century, this book explores Virginia Woolf's voyages, toward "new lands," "new civilisations" from her first novel, The Voyage Out, through her last, Between the Acts."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Civilization and "my civilisation" : Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury avant-garde -- Rachel's Great War : civilization, sacrifice, and the enlightenment of women in Melymbrosia and The voyage out -- The death of Jacob Flanders : Greek illusion and modern war in Jacob's room -- Mrs. Dalloway's postwar elegy : women, war, and the art of mourning -- Picture the world : the quest for the thing itself in To the lighthouse -- A fin in a waste of waters : women, genius, freedom in Orlando, A room of one's own, and The waves -- The sexual life of women: experimental genres, experimental publics from The Pargiters to The years -- St. Virginia's epistle to an English gentleman : sex, violence, and the public sphere in Three guineas -- The play in the sky of the mind : Between the acts of civilization's masterplot.

"An ambitious account of her major writings in relation to important currents in British intellectual life in the first half of the twentieth century, this book explores Virginia Woolf's voyages, toward "new lands," "new civilisations" from her first novel, The Voyage Out, through her last, Between the Acts."--BOOK JACKET.

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In this brilliant, indeed indispensable, study, Froula (Northwestern Univ.) places Woolf's major works in the context of Bloomsbury as a modernist movement that aimed to continue the Enlightenment's unfinished "struggle for civilization." Specifically, Froula demonstrates how Woolf linked women's issues to Bloomsbury's critique of class, economic exploitation, nationalism, imperialism, and violence, and how in her demand for change Woolf explored facets ignored by her male compatriots regarding Europe's future. Froula treats all the novels but Night and Day (and various forms/stages of their drafts) and major nonfiction--together with relevant excerpts from essays, letters, and diary entries--in chronological order. In so doing, she provides the contexts for both continuity among them and development of Woolf's ideas and aesthetic concerns--a discussion that opens the texts to heretofore unexplored dimensions and fresh insights, while acknowledging significant contributions in earlier studies. Particularly rewarding are the chapters on the links between Orlando, A Room of One's Own, and The Waves; the evolution of the essay/novel The Pargiters into the novel The Years; the epistolary "essay" Three Guineas; and Between the Acts, with its multifunctional pageant reflecting both private and public life, and history and contemporary "civilization." ^BSumming Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. E. Steiner emerita, Drew University

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Christine Froula is professor of English, comparative literature, and gender studies at Northwestern University and a past president of the International Virginia Woolf Society. Her extensive publications include Modernism's Body: Sex, Culture, and Joyce .

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