Virginia Woolf, Europe, and Peace: Transnational Circulations enlarges our
understanding of Virginia Woolf’s pacifist ideology and aesthetic response to
the European wars by re-examining her writings and cultural contexts
transnationally and comparatively through the complex interplay between
modernism, politics, and aesthetics. The “transnational” paradigm that undergirds
the book revolves around the idea of cosmopolitan cultural communities of
writers, artists, and musicians worldwide who were intellectually involved in
the war effort through the forging of pacifist cultural networks that arose as
a form of resistance to war, militarism, and the rise of fascism. The essays presented
in this volume engage with this type of mobile
and circulatory pacifisms, calling attention to the intersections of modernist
inquiries across the arts (art, music, literature, and performance) and
transnational critical spaces (Asia, Europe, and the Americas) to show how the
convergence of different cultural and linguistic horizons can significantly
expand and enrich our understanding of Woolf’s modernist legacy.
Ariane Mildenberg is Senior Lecturer in Modernism in the School of English, University of Kent. She is the author of Modernism and Phenomenology: Literature, Philosophy, Art (Palgrave, 2017), the editor of Understanding Merleau-Ponty, Understanding Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2018), and the editor (with Carole Bourne-Taylor) of Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond (Peter Lang, 2010). Her current book project investigates the dialogues between and postcritical aspects of modernist and postcolonial literature, focusing on how selected writers dismantle the hierarchies and binaries within language itself as a counteraction to imperialist and colonial discourse. Patricia Novillo-Corvalán is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent. Her research is located at the intersections between modernist studies and Latin American literature and culture. She has published original articles in leading journals such as Woolf Studies Annual, Modernist Cultures, Comparative Literature, and the Modern Language Review. She has authored two books: Borges and Joyce: An Infinite Conversation (Routledge, 2011) and Modernism and Latin America: Transnational Networks of Literary Exchange (Routledge, 2018) and is the editor of the volume, Latin American and Iberian Perspectives on Literature and Medicine (Routledge, 2015).