The Phantom Table: Woolf, Fry, Russell and the Epistemology of Modernism

The Phantom Table: Woolf, Fry, Russell and the Epistemology of Modernism

by Ann Banfield
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521034035

ISBN-13: 9780521034036

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Virginia Woolf identified the influence on her work of ‘the Cambridge Apostles’, the philosophical society which counted G. E. Moore, Bertrand Russell and much of male Bloomsbury among its members, as one more ‘capable of description’ than ‘the influence of my mother’. In this major study of Woolf’s relationship to Bloomsbury and the aesthetic and philosophical

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Virginia Woolf identified the influence on her work of ‘the Cambridge Apostles’, the philosophical society which counted G. E. Moore, Bertrand Russell and much of male Bloomsbury among its members, as one more ‘capable of description’ than ‘the influence of my mother’. In this major study of Woolf’s relationship to Bloomsbury and the aesthetic and philosophical developments of her time, Ann Banfield subjects that influence to its first full treatment. The theory of knowledge Moore and Russell formulated, Banfield argues, profoundly affected Woolf’s conception of reality, as it did Roger Fry’s theory of Post-Impressionism, one source for Woolf’s transformations of philosophical principles into aesthetic ones. The Phantom Table is a magisterial account of Woolf’s engagement with this remarkable trinity of thinkers: Moore, Russell, Fry. It radically revises the epistemology of modernism, reconceiving the relation between realism and formalism to account for Woolf’s dual reality of sense impressions and logical forms.

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ISBN-13:
9780521034036
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     viii
Preface     ix
List of abbreviations     xvii
Introduction: table talk     1
Subject and Object and the Nature of Reality
The geometry in the sensible world: Russell's analysis of matter     59
The world seen without a self: Woolf's analysis of matter     108
Solus ipse, alone in the universe     159
The dualism of death     213
Principia Aesthetica
Fry's granite and rainbow: post-impressionism and impressionism     245
How describe the world seen without a self?     294
The modern elegy     358
Notes     389
Bibliography     415
Index     427

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