Bloomsbury at Home: Bodies

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‘I could feel ecstasies and raptures spontaneously and intensely and without any shame or the least sense of guilt, so long as they were disconnected with my own body.’ – Virginia Woolf

What role did the body play in the thinking, painting and writing of the Bloomsbury Group? In this session, we explore the corporeal realm of the Bloomsbury Group – from body image and nudity to food, illness and death. We’ll consider the Cartesian split between body and mind, placing the spotlight in particular on the embodied writing of ballerina Lydia Lopokova, Roger Fry’s kinetic descriptions of working with clay, Vanessa’s nude portraits at Studlands, and the contrasting crossover with NeoPaganism and Vorticism. We will trace ideas back to the Victorian connotations of the body they inherited, in particular Julia Stephen’s work as a nurse and a model. To what extent is the female body in particular a site for politics, creativity and identity?

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