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By Jesse Wolfe

ISBN-10: 110700604X

ISBN-13: 9781107006041

Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy integrates the experiences of 3 'inner circle' participants of the Bloomsbury team and 3 'satellite' figures right into a wealthy narrative of early twentieth-century tradition. Wolfe indicates how a variety of modernist writers felt torn. at the one hand, they doubted the 'naturalness' of Victorian principles approximately 'maleness' and 'femaleness,' yet nevertheless they understood the worth of monogamy and marriage and the worth of those associations to what Freud referred to as the 'middle-class social order.' This ambivalence used to be a first-rate resource of the writers' aesthetic power; Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence and others introduced the paradoxes of recent intimacy to lifestyles, wrestling with them at the web page. Combining literary feedback with forays into philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology and the avant-garde paintings of Vienna, this quantity bargains a clean account of the reciprocal family among historic modernity and inventive modernism.

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Such aestheticism (including such sexual restraint) was endemic to the Apostles, not just to Principia, nor to the dreams that Moore shared with Keynes. Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, a warm-hearted homosexual don and Apostle, wrote the neo-Platonic dialogue A Modern Symposium (1905), about “The Seekers” – a club Dickinson attempted to found37 – whose thirteen members spend a calm English summer night delivering philosophical speeches in a poetic vein. Forster wrote a loving 1934 biography of Dickinson, which criticizes his tendency to mystical dreaminess, just as Dickinson had criticized this tendency in McTaggart.

Strachey loved the thought of his philosophical mentor being gay, and encouraged the friends to see themselves as lovers. Strachey was successful enough in this endeavor that in 1904 – when Moore’s fellowship expired shortly after Principia’s publication – Moore moved to Edinburgh to live with Ainsworth. 44 Ainsworth eventually married Moore’s younger sister, and Moore married and had two sons by Dorothy Ely. ”45 Even a mere shade of an ideal, however, must often be articulated cautiously if a text is released beyond its author’s intimates, to a wider, “respectable” community.

Long before Russell, Moore, and Strachey were elected, unconsummated attractions between its members were among its trademarks. Russell, in other words, is correct to see “nice feelings” as Stracheyan and 42 Philosophical backgrounds Keynesian values. But he is historically forgetful to imagine that those two men introduced them to the society. Moore himself had been an acolyte of such values; Principia’s opening chapter puts the “fine shade” of yellow to extensive work. But it was Moore’s personal crisis of intimacy that led “nice feelings” to become an explicit topic of philosophical inquiry, and that led Principia to develop aesthetic and erotic themes both in conjunction with and in opposition to one another.

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