By Jesse Wolfe
Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Reinvention of Intimacy integrates the reviews of 3 'inner circle' individuals 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 rules approximately 'maleness' and 'femaleness,' yet nonetheless they understood the worth of monogamy and marriage and the price of those associations to what Freud known as the 'middle-class social order.' This ambivalence was once a main resource of the writers' aesthetic energy; Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence and others introduced the paradoxes of recent intimacy to existence, wrestling with them at the web page. Combining literary feedback with forays into philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology and the avant-garde artwork of Vienna, this quantity deals a clean account of the reciprocal family members among ancient modernity and inventive modernism.
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Cavarnos is keen to spot this logical slippage. 36 If Principia does not endow good with the solidity of a table, it nonetheless hints that this cardinal predicate – with its yellow-like simpleness – is as luminous as the sun. In Plato’s analogy of the cave, the sun symbolizes the good, an unknowable quality (the Platonic equivalent of a Moorean “indeﬁnable”) toward which other ethical ideals – even love – can only lead the moral pilgrim. Plato’s good, as Nietzsche saw, is a dehumanized god term, and Moore invokes good in much the same vein.
A post-Wildean queer sensibility emerged, with both philosophical and social implications. Sexology was broadening conceptions of human desire, as groups such as Bloomsbury and Gertrude Stein’s Paris salon came into being. Antiessentialist ideas also informed Freud’s theory of polymorphous perversity and his picture of a divided psyche – a far cry from the uniﬁed, reasondriven Kantian subject. Einstein’s theory of relativity drained the stable, objective, essential content that Newton’s paradigm had attributed to time and space.
42 Even when Strachey was not among intimates, his outlandish personal style posed a deliberate challenge to prudery and prejudice. Contrary to Russell’s accusation that Strachey “fathered” a “doctrine” of “retirement” upon Moore, when Moore relinquished his stewardship, the society became less, not more, inwardlooking. “Fine shades and nice feelings,” in particular feelings between men, had in fact been among the society’s primary fascinations since its inception in the 1820s. Long before Russell, Moore, and Strachey were elected, unconsummated attractions between its members were among its trademarks.