Virginia Woolf, Europe, and Peace

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Virginia Woolf, Europe, and Peace

Vol. 1 Transnational Circulations

Clemson University Press


June 13th, 2020



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Virginia Woolf, Europe, and Peace: Transnational Circulations enlarges our understanding of Virginia Woolf’s pacifist ideology and aesthetic response to the World Wars by re-examining her writings and cultural contexts transnationally and comparatively through the complex interplay between modernism, politics, and aesthetics. The “transnational” paradigm that undergirds this collection revolves around the idea of transnational cultural communities of writers, artists, and musicians worldwide who were intellectually involved in the war effort through the forging of pacifist cultural networks that arose as a form of resistance to war, militarism, and the rise of fascism. The book also offers philosophical approaches to notions of transnational pacifism, anti-war ethics, and decolonization, examining how Woolf’s prose undermines center/edge or self/other bifurcations. Breathing new life into Woolf’s anti-war writings through a transnational lens and presenting us with the voices and perspectives of a range of significant scholars and critics, the chapters in this volume engage with mobile and circulatory pacifisms, calling attention to the intersections of modernist inquiries across the arts (art, music, literature, and performance) and transnational critical spaces (Asia, Europe, and the Americas) to show how the convergence of different cultural and linguistic horizons can significantly expand and enrich our understanding of Woolf’s modernist legacy.

Author Information

Ariane Mildenberg is Senior Lecturer in Modernism in the School of English, University of Kent. She is the author of Modernism and Phenomenology: Literature, Philosophy, Art (Palgrave, 2017), the editor of Understanding Merleau-Ponty, Understanding Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2018), and the editor (with Carole Bourne-Taylor) of Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond (Peter Lang, 2010). Her current book project investigates the dialogues between and postcritical aspects of modernist and postcolonial literature, focusing on how selected writers dismantle the hierarchies and binaries within language itself as a counteraction to imperialist and colonial discourse. Patricia Novillo-Corvalán is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent. ​Her research is located at the intersections between modernist studies and Latin American literature and culture. She has published original articles in leading journals such as Woolf Studies Annual, Modernist Cultures, Comparative Literature, and the Modern Language Review. She has authored two books: Borges and Joyce: An Infinite Conversation (Routledge, 2011) and Modernism and Latin America: Transnational Networks of Literary Exchange (Routledge, 2018) and is the editor of the volume, Latin American and Iberian Perspectives on Literature and Medicine (Routledge, 2015).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Notes on Contributors13
Introduction: A Pacifist Polylogue17
Part I: Musical Composition and Performance31
1. European Peace in Pieces? Woolf, Music, and the Radiophonic Imagination33
2. Gender Wars in Music, or Bloomsbury and French Composers: Woolf, Tailleferre, Boulanger49
3. Goldie’s “War and Peace”: Marinetti Meets Aristophanes and Beethoven in Bloomsbury65
4. Virginia Woolf, Carnal Hermeneutics, and Democratic Reading81
Part II: Comparative Pacifisms99
5. “Mental Fight”: Woolf, Blake, and European Peace101
6. “Very Slowly into My Own Tongue”: Virginia Woolf’s Rethinking of the Politician117
7. Peace, Friendship, and “The Educated Man’s Sister” in Woolf’s Pacifist Writing133
8. “Cry with the Pack and Kill What We Fear”: Woolf’s Pacifism and Contemporary Women Dramatists145
Part III: Voyages In, Voyages Out159
9. Virginia Woolf and Welsh Pacifism: Woolf’s Influence on the Welsh Pacifist and Novelist Emyr Humphreys161
10. “The Journey is Everything”: Virginia Woolf’s Continental Adventure177
11. Woolf’s Three Guineas, Antigone, and Peace: Modern Echoes of Antique Debates187
Part IV: Transnational Women's Networks199
12. Gabriela Mistral, Virginia Woolf, and the Writing of the Spanish Civil War201
13. Ling Shuhua and Virginia Woolf: Female Communion, Resistance, and Individuality219
14. “Unblowing, Ungrowing Are the Roses There”: Violence against Women and the Land in Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts and Louise Erdrich's The Round House235
Index of Names311