ISBN-10:
0231134452
ISBN-13:
9780231134453
Pub. Date:
02/13/2007
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-garde: War, Civilization, Modernity

Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-garde: War, Civilization, Modernity

by Christine Froula
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ISBN-13: 9780231134453
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 02/13/2007
Series: Gender and Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Preface
1. Civilization and "my civilisation": Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde
2. Rachel's Great War: Civilization, Sacrifice, and the Enlightenment of Women in Melymbrosia and The Voyage Out
3. The Death of Jacob Flanders: Greek Illusion and Modern War in Jacob's Room
4. Mrs. Dalloway's Postwar Elegy: Women, War, and the Art of Mourning
5. Picture the World: The Quest for the Thing Itself in To the Lighthouse
6. A Fin in a Waste of Waters: Women, Genius, Freedom in Orlando, A Room of One's Own, and The Waves
7. The Sexual Life of Women: Experimental Genres, Experimental Publics from The Pargiters to The Years
8. St. Virginia's Epistle to an English Gentleman: Sex, Violence, and the Public Sphere in Three Guineas
9. The Play in the Sky of the Mind: Between the Acts of Civilization's Masterplot
Notes
Index

What People are Saying About This

Marianne DeKoven

This is, bar none, the best reading of Woolf's total oeuvre I have ever seen. It will become the standard text of Woolf studies; all future work on Woolf will have to refer to it.

Marianne DeKoven, Rutgers University

Karen Lawrence

An important book that restores a public voice to Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury. Froula takes pains to show how Woolf's formal experiments crafted the artist's address to a public who witnessed the drama of the two World Wars and momentous social upheaval. In emphasizing Woolf's rhetorical construction of her audience, Froula links Woolf the writer to the Woolfs as publishers of the Hogarth Press. She admirably charts Virginia Woolf's dual ventures of reforming society and re-forming the genre of the novel.

Brenda R. Silver

Tough-minded, richly detailed, Christine Froula's engaging argument compellingly situates Woolf at the heart of modernism's Enlightenment project. 'Thinking is my fighting,' Woolf wrote; Froula brilliantly does the same, challenging us to take seriously Woolf's provocative assertion that 'this civilisation... depends upon me.'

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