Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. ix-x

Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

Abbreviations

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pp. xv-xviii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-12

There is nothing I can imagine that is totally independent of nature; despite the ravages of human-made pollutants, there may still be substances, forces, and living beings unknown or unaffected by culture. Nature enters a cultural arena, however, as soon as we think about it, and certainly when...

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1. Toward a Greening of Modernism

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pp. 13-41

Despite the challenges of modernity, nature has a persistent, even adaptive, presence in modernism. Furthermore, the reinsertion of nature into modernist studies contributes to ongoing debates concerning sources of aesthetic form, the development of personal identity, survival of trauma, and the rebalancing of power and resources in the light of post-colonial and...

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2. Diversions of Darwin and Natural History

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pp. 42-70

By the early twentieth century, the field of natural history had yielded much of its authority to a more theoretical, discipline-based pursuit of science situated in professional societies and the academy and, as feminist historians of science have recognized, largely off-limits to women and people of color.1 Natural history still attracted the general public, including women...

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3. Limits of the Gardenas Cultured Space

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pp. 71-110

Though Virginia Woolf had only a modest record as a gardener, from her earliest years she recorded vivid impressions of gardens that held lasting significance. She was highly accurate in natural detail and imaginative with similes, metaphors, and modernist representation that included the influence of Post-Impressionism. Complex, interactive garden scenes...

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4. The Art of Landscape,the Politics of Place

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pp. 111-153

The annual migration of the Stephen family between London and Cornwall offered young Virginia contrasting urban and seaside settings, with differing balance and mixture of nature and culture. In her diaries, essays, and fiction, she made imaginative juxtapositions of scenes filled with people, and ones that pore over landscape as well as internal and external spaces. Giles...

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5. Crossing the Species Barrier

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pp. 154-192

Animals have a pervasive, varied, and versatile presence throughout Virginia Woolf ’s life and writings, as already suggested by the Stephen family’s engagement with natural history, in chapter 2. Julia Stephen’s children’s stories featured talking and thinking animals (monkeys, goats, pigs, cats, and birds, including a parrot and an owl). They teach that good children are...

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6. Virginia Woolf and Ideas of Environmental Holism

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pp. 193-220

This book began by placing Woolf in the company of her contemporaries, finding that nature has a vigorous if largely unheralded presence in modernist literature and in modernity itself. We have seen Woolf writing about nature in numerous registers—in childhood explorations of natural history, the creative and political challenges of landscapes, cultivation of...

Notes

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pp. 221-238

Bibliography

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pp. 239-260

Index

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pp. 261-268