Modernist Women and Visual Cultures: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Photography, and Cinema

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This volume presents an original study of the visual and literary aesthetics of influential modernist women writers, in particular Virginia Woolf, HD (Hilda Doolittle), and Dorothy Richardson. Maggie Humm focuses on the neglected (often intimate) domestic photographs of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell; on Woolf's essay "The Cinema" in the context of cinema journalism by other modernists; and on the influence of photography on Woolf's Three Guineas, her short visual fictions (particularly "Portraits"), and her modernist essays. Humm examines how modernist women explore a freer range of aesthetics than their male counterparts by looking at not only what has been called women's work at the margins of modernity, but also at what might be called the even more marginalized material within those boundaries-photo albums and image-texts.

More than one thousand of Virginia Woolf's uncatalogued photographs, and a similar number of Vanessa Bell's, have been sitting in archives scarcely touched until now. Modernist Women and Visual Cultures makes many of these photographs available for the first time. Both the photographs and this fresh analysis will prove fascinating to anyone interested in the many cultures of modernism.

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Maggie Humm is a Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of East London. She is the author of many books including Snapshots of Bloomsbury: The Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell (Tate Publishing & Rutgers University Press, 2006) and Modernist Women and Visual Cultures: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Photography and Cinema (Edinburgh University Press & Rutgers University Press 2002).

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Humm's book is most valuable in its detailed discussions of Vanessa and Virginia Stephen's early and long-lasting fascination with photography. Here her argument that photographs are carriers of gendered memories is original and persuasive. Humm's book offers an engrossing and pleasurable overview of modernist women's engagement with the new technologies of photography and cinema. It is full of myriad fascinating details and is visually appealing. It has thick glossy pages and features many black and white photographs. Imaginative and original interpretations supported by careful and insightful readings of both images and texts make this book an indispensable resouce for students not only of Woolf, but also of Modernism, visual culture, gender, and the complex relations among them. A beautifully presented text [which] will have a great impact not only on the position of Woolf and other modernist women and their role in and for the modernist tradtion, but also on the ways we can read the interrelations between the textual and visual. Humm's book is most valuable in its detailed discussions of Vanessa and Virginia Stephen's early and long-lasting fascination with photography. Here her argument that photographs are carriers of gendered memories is original and persuasive. Humm's book offers an engrossing and pleasurable overview of modernist women's engagement with the new technologies of photography and cinema. It is full of myriad fascinating details and is visually appealing. It has thick glossy pages and features many black and white photographs. Imaginative and original interpretations supported by careful and insightful readings of both images and texts make this book an indispensable resouce for students not only of Woolf, but also of Modernism, visual culture, gender, and the complex relations among them. A beautifully presented text [which] will have a great impact not only on the position of Woolf and other modernist women and their role in and for the modernist tradtion, but also on the ways we can read the interrelations between the textual and visual.

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