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Bloomsbury, beasts and British modernist literature

Bloomsbury, beasts and British modernist literature / Derek Ryan.
9781009182997 (ebook)
9781009182973 (hardback)
9781009182980 (paperback)
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2023.
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Bloomsbury, Beasts and British Modernist Literature reveals how the Bloomsbury group's fascination with beasts - from pests to pets, tiny insects to big game - became an integral part of their critique of modernity and conceptualisation of more-than-human worlds. Through a series of close readings, it argues that for Leonard Woolf, David Garnett, Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster, profound shifts in interspecies relations were intimately connected to questions of imperialism, race, gender, sexuality and technology. Whether in their hunting narratives, zoo fictions, canine biographies or (un)entomological aesthetics, these writers repeatedly test the boundaries between, and imagine transformations of, human and nonhuman by insisting that we attend to the material contexts in which they meet. In demonstrating this, the book enrichens our understanding of British modernism while intervening in debates on the cultural significance of animality from the turn of the twentieth century to the Second World War.
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