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Bloomsbury and Nature

Adkins, Peter (2018) Bloomsbury and Nature. In: The Handbook to the Bloomsbury Group. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1-350-01493-0. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:76268)

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Abstract

This chapter explores the ways in which the Bloomsbury group’s ideas about art and literature were forged in response to changing conceptions of nature. Beginning with an overview that locates the Bloomsbury group’s interest in nature within the scientific, philosophical and political contexts of the early twentieth century, the chapter moves onto examine how the Post-Impressionist art theory of Roger Fry and Clive Bell looked to rearticulate the relationship between aesthetics and nature. Following this, the chapter turns to the ways in which Virginia Woolf’s fiction was not only informed by this Post-Impressionist understanding of nature, but offered a feminist response to implicit ideas of gender and sex within it. Bringing Woolf’s writing into comparison with the pastoral poetry of Vita Sackville-West, the chapter concludes by exploring how both wrote against patriarchal or heteronormative understandings of the natural world and, in doing so, foreshadowed contemporary concerns within queer ecology.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Depositing User: Peter Adkins
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 07:06 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 10:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/76268 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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