Named after a small neighborhood in London where its members settled as young adults, the Bloomsbury Group produced an impressive body of work that yielded British Post-Impressionist painting, literary modernism, the field of macroeconomics, and a new direction for public taste in art. This Companion offers a comprehensive guide to the intellectual and social contexts surrounding Bloomsbury and its coterie, which includes writer Virginia Woolf, economist Maynard Keynes, and art critic Roger Fry, among others. Thirteen chapters from leading scholars and critics explore the Bloomsbury Group's rejection of Victorian values and social mores, their interventions in issues of empire and international politics, their innovations in the literary and visual arts, and more. Complete with a chronology of key events and a detailed guide to further reading, this Companion provides scholars and students of English literature with fresh perspectives on the achievements of this remarkable circle of friends.
Victoria Rosner teaches classes in English and in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University. She is the author of Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life (2005) - winner of the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize - and editor, with Geraldine Pratt, of The Global and the Intimate: Feminism in our Time (2012).
Chronology Molly Pulda; 1. Introduction Victoria Rosner; Part I. Origins: 2. Victorian Bloomsbury Katy Mullin; 3. Cambridge Bloomsbury Ann Banfield; Part II. Everyday Life: 4. Domestic Bloomsbury Morag Shiach; 5. Bloomsbury as queer subculture Christopher Reed; Part III. Politics: 6. War, peace, and internationalism Christine Froula; 7. Bloomsbury and empire Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina; Part IV. Arts: 8. Pens and paintbrushes Mary Ann Caws; 9. Bloomsbury and the book arts Helen Southworth; 10. Bloomsbury aesthetics Laura Marcus; Part V. Reflections of Bloomsbury: 11. The Bloomsbury narcissus Vesna Goldsworthy; 12. Intellectual crossings and reception Brenda R. Silver; 13. Bloomsbury's afterlife Regina Marler; Further reading.