E 397M • Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Circle
Meeting time, location: http://tiny.cc/UTAustinGradEngSpring2010 (Official course schedule)
In this course we will be examining the works of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, and additional members of the Bloomsbury Circle. We will also be exploring some of the Hogarth Press's abundant non-literary, explicitly anti-imperialist works, for example, Edward Thompson's The Other Side of the Medal (1925a critical history of the Indian Uprising); J. A Hobsons Notes on Law and Order (1926); Kathleen Inness The League of Nations and the Worlds Workers (1927), Alice Ritchies Occupied Territory (1930); and C. L. R. Jamess The Case for West-Indian Self Government (1933).
One of the guiding questions for the seminar is: what is the relationship between the age, energy, aesthetics and politics of empire and imperialism and the modernist era? How are these novelists, art historians, biographers, and essayists of the Bloomsbury Circle negotiating, revising, rejecting, or transforming their shared and respective Victorian-Edwardian ideological, cultural and intellectual heritages and legacies. We will be reading Bloomsbury travel narratives, novels, essays, biographies, and art histories/art criticism. Bloomsbury encounters with suffrage, Fabian and anti-imperialist politics and organizations will be a central concern, as will formalist and aesthetic engagements with modernist art movements and ideas (for example, post-impressionism, orientalism and primitivism).
Virginia Woolf. The Voyage Out (1915), The Waves (1931), Three Guineas (1938), and selected essays.
Leonard Woolf. The Village in the Jungle (1913), Growing: An Autobiography of the Years 1904-1911 (1961).
William Plomer. Turbotte Wolfe (1926), "Conversation with my Younger Self" (1962), and Johannesburg I & II.
Vita Sackville-West. Passenger to Tehran (1926).
Winifred Holtby. Mandoa, Mandoa! A comedy of irrelevance (1933).
Mulk Raj Anand. Coolie (1936) and Conversations in Bloomsbury (1981).
Essays in Reader:
Roger Fry. Transformations: Critical and Speculative Essays on Art, Vision and Design (selections).
Leonard Woolf. Imperialism and Civilization (selections).
Howard Booth and Nigel Rigby. Eds. Modernism and Empire (selections).
Jed Esty. A Shrinking Island: Modernism and National Culture in England (selections).
Patricia Ondek Laurence. Lily Briscoe's Chinese Eyes: Bloomsbury, Modernism, and China (selections).
Melba Cuddy-Keane. Virginia Woolf: The Intellectual and the Public Sphere (selections).
Jane Marcus. Hearts of Darkness: White Women Write Race (selections).
John Marx. The Modernist Novel and the Decline of Empire (selections).
Raymond Williams. Politics of Modernism and Culture and Materialism (selections).