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The Handbook to the Bloomsbury Group


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The Handbook to the Bloomsbury Group is the most comprehensive available survey of contemporary scholarship on the Bloomsbury Group - the set of influential writers, artists and thinkers whose members included Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf, E.M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes, Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell, Duncan Grant and David Garnett. With chapters written by world leading scholars in the field, the book explores novel avenues of thinking about these pivotal figures and their works opened up by the new modernist studies. It brings together overview essays with detailed illustrative case studies, and covers topics as diverse as feminism, sexuality, empire, philosophy, class, nature and the arts. Setting the agenda for future study of Bloomsbury, this is an essential resource for scholars of 20th-century modernist culture.
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List of Contributors Introduction Derek Ryan (University of Kent, UK) and Stephen Ross (University of Victoria, Canada) 1. Bloomsbury and Sexuality Todd Avery (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA) Case Study: Edward Carpenter's Radical Integrity and its Influence on E. M. Forster Jesse Wolfe (California State University, Stanislaus, USA) 2. Bloomsbury and the Arts Maggie Humm (University of East London, UK) Case Study: Clive Bell and the Legacies of Significant Form Mark Hussey (Pace University, USA) 3. Bloomsbury and Empire Sonita Sarker (Macalester College, USA) Case Study: Race, Empire and Performative Activism in Late Edwardian Bloomsbury Anna Snaith (King's College London, UK) 4. Bloomsbury and Feminism Lauren Elkin (University of Liverpool, UK) Case Study: Bloomsury, the Hogarth Press and Feminist Organisations Claire Battershill (Simon Fraser University, Canada) 5. Bloomsbury and Philosophy Benjamin Hagen (University of South Dakota, USA) Case Study: Bloomsbury, Mulk Raj Anand and Henri Bergson Laci Mattison (Florida State University, USA) 6. Bloomsbury and Class Kathryn Simpson (Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK) Case Study: Bloomsbury's Rural Cross-Class Encounters Clara Jones (King's College London, UK) 7. Bloomsbury and Jewishness Susan Wegener (Purdue University, USA) Case Study: Leonard Woolf and John Maynard Keynes: Palestine, Zionism and the State of Israel Steven Putzel (Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes-Barre, USA) 8. Bloomsbury and Nature Peter Adkins (University of Kent, UK) Case Study: Eating Animals and the Aesthetics of Meat in Virginia Woolf's The Years Vicki Tromanhauser (State University of New York, New Paltz, USA) 9. Bloomsbury and Politics David Ayers (University of Kent, UK) Case Study: From Bolshevism to Bloomsbury: The Garnett Translations and Russian Politics in England Michaela Bronstein (Stanford University, USA) 10. Bloomsbury and War J. Ashley Foster (Haverford College, USA) Case Study: Bloomsbury's Pacifist Aesthetics: Woolf, Keynes, Rodker Jane Goldman (University of Glasgow, UK) Index

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With chapters written by the world's leading scholars in their fields, this is a comprehensive survey of current and future scholarship on the Bloomsbury Group - from Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster to John Maynard Keynes and Clive and Vanessa Bell.

About the Author

Derek Ryan is Senior Lecturer in Modernist Literature at the University of Kent, UK. His previous books include Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory (2013) and Animal Theory: A Critical Introduction (2015). Stephen Ross is Professor of English at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is Past-President of the Modernist Studies Association (2015/16) and General Editor of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism Online.


This does everything a handbook ought to do, and much more. While providing its readers with an unsurpassed panorama of perspectives on that elusive term 'Bloomsbury', its innovative pairing of overview chapters with focused case studies animates a scholarly conversation which is as vibrant and diverse as Bloomsbury itself. * Bryony Randall, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Glasgow, UK *

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