Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy

Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy

by Jesse Wolfe

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Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy integrates studies of six members and associates of the Bloomsbury group into a rich narrative of early twentieth century culture, encompassing changes in the demographics of private and public life, and Freudian and sexological assaults on middle-class proprieties Jesse Wolfe shows how numerous modernist writers felt torn between the inherited institutions of monogamy and marriage and emerging theories of sexuality which challenged Victorian notions of maleness and femaleness. For Wolfe, this ambivalence was a primary source of the Bloomsbury writers' aesthetic strength: Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and others brought the paradoxes of modern intimacy to thrilling life on the page. By combining literary criticism with forays into philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology, and the avant-garde art of Vienna, this book offers a fresh account of the reciprocal relations between culture and society in that key site for literary modernism known as Bloomsbury.

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ISBN-13: 9781139209656
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/16/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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

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; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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