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A war of individuals: Bloomsbury attitudes to the Great War

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ISBN: 9780719060700 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
Added to DOAB on : 2011-11-04 00:00:00
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This book draws together for the very first time examples of the 'aesthetic pacifism' practised during the Great War by such celebrated individuals as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon and Bertrand Russell. In addition, the book outlines the stories of those less well-known who shared the mind-set of the Bloomsbury Group when it came to facing the first 'total war'. The research for this study took five years, gathering evidence from all the major archives in Great Britain and abroad. This is the first time that such wide-ranging evidence has been placed together in order to paint a complete picture of this fascinating form of anti-war expression. Beginning with an introduction to the period and issues involved, the narrative commences with Bertrand Russell and Cambridge before moving on to cover the disparate responses of Bloomsbury, the reactions of other celebrated writers and artists before covering the more obscure participants. A themed conclusion draws the material to a close. With the Great War and the Bloomsbury Group continuing to exert a strong grip on the popular imagination, this detailed book is written with the general reader very much in mind, as well as the specialist.

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Virginia Woolf. Le pur et l'impur

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ISBN: 9782868476937 9782753545755 Year: Language: French
Publisher: Presses universitaires de Rennes
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Le rôle majeur joué par Virginia Woolf dans la littérature anglaise des années vingt et trente n'est plus à démontrer. On sait combien Mrs Dalloway, La Promenade au phare, Les Vagues, contribuèrent à faire émerger une écriture de la modernité, une langue mouvante, habile, suspendue à la frontière de la prose et de la poésie, lovée au plus intime de la conscience. Dans l'ombre de ces romans, le reste de son œuvre foisonnante reste encore mal connu. Les écrits politiques de Woolf, ses nouvelles...

Sur le roman : Dumas, Dostoïevski, Woolf

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ISBN: 9782717726343 DOI: 10.4000/books.editionsbnf.1038 Language: French
Publisher: Éditions de la Bibliothèque nationale de France
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Dans ces essais sur le roman, Pietro Citati tente d'opérer la fusion du portrait psychologique et de l'interprétation littéraire, à travers trois figures, trois moments du roman : la folie de l'aventure (Dumas), la recherche théologique hantée par le Mal Absolu (Dostoïevski), les rapports de l'ombre et de l'écriture (Virginia Woolf).

The Death of Conrad Unger: Some Conjectures Regarding Parasitosis and Associated Suicide Behavior

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ISBN: 9780615600307 Year: Pages: 35 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0008.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The death by suicide of Gary J. Shipley’s close friend, Conrad Unger (writer, theorist and amateur entomologist), has prompted him to confront not only the cold machinery of self-erasure, but also its connections to the literary life and notions surrounding psychological bewitchment, to revaluate in both fictional and entomological terms just what it is that drives writers like Unger to take their own lives as a matter of course, as if that end had been there all along, knowing, waiting. Like Gérard de Nerval, David Foster Wallace, Ann Quin and Virginia Woolf before him, Unger was not merely a writer who chose to end his life, but a writer whose work appeared forged from the knowledge of that event’s temporary postponement. And while to the uninitiated these literary suicides would most likely appear completely unrelated to the suicide behaviors of insects parasitized by entomopathogenic fungi or nematomorpha, within the pages of this short study we are frequently presented with details that allow us to see the parallels between their terminal choreographies. He investigates what he believes are the essentially binary and contradictory motivations of his suicide case studies: where their self-dispatch becomes an instance of necro-autonomy (death as solution to an external thraldom, or the zombification of everyday life as something requiring the most extreme form of emancipation), while in addition being an instance of necro-equipoise (death as solution to an internal thraldom, or the anguish of no longer being able to slip back comfortably inside that very everydayness). The deadening claustrophobia of human life and achieving a stance outside of it: both barbs on the lines that can only ever detail the sickness, never cure it. Through extracts and synopses of Unger’s books, marginalia and underscorings selected from his extensive library, and a brief itinerary of his movements in that last month of exile, a picture of the writer’s suicidal obsession begins to form, and it forms at the expense of the man, the idea eating through his brain like a fungal parasite, disinterring the waking corpse to flesh its words.

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